Know the Facts: Gum Disease and Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month. How much do you know about strokeprevention? Did you know that stroke is linked to oral health? Although diabetes and high blood pressure are well-known risk factors for stroke, a recent study released by the Seoul National University-College of Dentistry in Seoul, North Korea, found that gum disease poses double the stroke risk of diabetes and the same risk as high blood pressure.

Dr. Tiejan Wu, of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his colleagues studied gum disease in 10,000 adults over 21 years of age. Wu pinpointed a link between gum disease and stroke: bad bacteria enter the bloodstream through the mouth and cause a blood clot or vessel damage. When the blood clot blocks a vessel or the damaged vessel ruptures, causing brain hemorrhaging, a stroke can occur.

Luckily, you can lessen your risk for gum disease and stroke by:

  • Stopping use of tobacco products
  • Moderating alcohol intake
  • Properly brushing and flossing on a daily basis
  • Scheduling appointments with your dentist every six months

When you visit Dr. James Fondriest for dental checkups, he will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease and teach you how to preserve good oral health.

Your oral health is directly linked to your total health, and Dr. Fondriest can help you protect both. He offers cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services for patients in Lake Forest, IL, the greater Chicago area, and the North Shore suburbs. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts today at 847.234.0517 for your appointment or consultation.

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