Let’s Talk Heart Health During American Heart Month

Valentine’s Day is behind us, but the heart remains on the mind this month as we continue to observe American Heart Month.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year.That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030, according to the American Heart Association.

We’re on a mission to educate patients that one way to keep your heart healthy is to keep your mouth healthy.

People who have gum disease have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other serious cardiovascular event, according to Harvard Health.

Some research suggests the problem may be related to inflammation. Patients who have periodontal disease experience gum inflammation when their body tries to eliminate the bacteria that causes the infection in the gums. Inflammation also is common in patients who have heart disease or have had a stroke. Research continues as medical professionals attempt to determine the exact role inflammation plays in heart attack.

Researchers also continue to study the connection between gum disease and heart disease/stroke, but the studies to date have been compelling enough that Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Henry Hsu say there are systemic health-related arguments to be made for preventing gum disease when possible, and getting gum disease under control in patients who have been diagnosed with it.

Dr. DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Hsu offer a variety of approaches to gum disease treatment and management. Their recommended method of mouth detoxification and bacterial infection removal is via LANAP, which stands for laser-assisted new attachment procedure. A laser is used to target the diseased tissue without harming healthy tissue and toeliminate the harmful toxins that destroy gum tissue and bone. The laser also is used to form a clot and promote new attachment of the gum to a tooth’s root surfaces.

In some cases, the periodontists may recommend PRGF – Plasma Rich Growth Factor –to promote tissue regeneration. This method uses the patient’s natural resources to heal after the procedure. PRGF technology uses specific plasma proteins from the patient’s blood, which are isolated and applied directly during the procedure. These plasma-rich proteins stimulate bone synthesis and help gum tissue to repair quicker. That means faster and more comfortable healing.

Other common treatments include:

  • Enzyme suppression – Administration of medication that prevents the body from breaking down bone and gum tissue.
  • Antibacterial therapy – The use of antibiotics applied at the infection site to help protect against the bacteria that causes gum disease.

Nutritional therapy – The right foods help your body heal, and acustomized approach based on your medical history and your unique needs may help keep your mouth healthier.

Please call our office today to schedule an appointment to learn more about the systemic health benefits of optimum oral health.

Meet Dr. D

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology.

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