Proper oral health can prevent strokes and heart attacks

Relating problems of the mouth to general diseases is not a new topic, but it is once again in the news. The Spanish Society of Cardiology SEC and the Spanish Society of Periodontics SEPA are working together to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of the mouth.

Periodontitis increases stroke risk

Periodontal disease contains bacteria that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension and heart attacks. In addition, in diabetic patients it produces insulin resistance and in pregnant women it can lead to premature birth, and there is even talk of its involvement in cancer.

What happens when gums become inflamed?

In inflammation of the gums all the bacteria pass into the blood and settle in the veins and arteries, closing them and leading to many health problems.

It is very important to prevent these problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. To do so, regular check-ups with a trusted dentist or odontologist should be performed, especially when there is a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or if you are pregnant, as periodontal treatment may be required.

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