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New Study Underscores the Link between Gum Disease & Heart Health

  • April 12, 2015

The fact that there exists a link between gum disease and cardiovascular health is well documented and has been for years. A new study, however, has revealed even more indisputable evidence that the heart is directly affected by periodontal infection. Research published by the American Heart Association delves into the positive effects of a topical oral medication on inflammation within the walls of coronary arteries. These findings have the potential to revolutionize the way the dental and medical communities view the mouth-body connection.

A Groundbreaking Discovery

This study, conducted at the Forsyth Institute, marks the first time that researchers have been able to show that a topical oral medication is capable of affecting inflammation in arteries of the heart. An inflammation resolving molecule known as Resolvin E1is the primary ingredient in the topical oral inflammation medication used during the study. It was discovered that Resolvin E1 treatment not only reduced the inflammation of the gingival tissues, but it also aided in the regrowth of bone lost to periodontal disease. In addition, tests concluded that artery walls responded to the treatment of the gums with a decrease in inflammation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four deaths in the U.S. are due to heart disease. Unfortunately, this toll continues to rise as time goes on, despite public health advice regarding prevention. If the American people become more educated as to how their oral health contributes to the state of their hearts, they will become better equipped to make informed decisions about dental hygiene and treatment.

Heart Health & Oral Health: Encouraging Awareness

The general public is aware of the connection between physical fitness and heart health. The primary benefit of publishing research like this is that of spreading awareness of the link between oral health and heart disease. Prevention and treatment of gum disease should be considered just as necessary as other measures popularly taken to avoid cardiovascular problems.

If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to lower your risk of periodontal disease, heart disease, or any other serious health condition, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Williamsport, PA or Collegeville, PA. Our team is committed to helping our patients prevent severe medical and oral health complications before they develop.