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  • Writer's pictureEric Goulder, MD, FACC

Why is a cardiologist concerned about periodontal disease?

Periodontal Disease (gum disease) is the presence of infection in the tissue surrounding your teeth. This disease is caused by pathogenic bacteria residing in your mouth which invades the tissue of the gums and bone. And it doesn’t stop there.

Bacteria in your mouth travels through your bloodstream, reaching your cardiovascular system and beyond. With over 700 bacteria in your mouth, it’s no wonder that some of these bacteria can cause issues beyond oral health. Periodontal bacteria can invade the walls of your arteries, eventually resulting in a thickening of the artery wall, and if left untreated, leads to a 3x greater risk of dying from a stroke and a 2x greater risk of dying of a heart attack.

Did you know? 50% of heart attacks and strokes are triggered by oral bacteria that live in your mouth!

We now have scientific proof that heart attacks and strokes are preventable through targeted, preventative care. Traditionally, heart attacks and strokes are narrowly defined as microvascular disease. However, more recent data shows that these diseases are a more significant contributor than previously thought to a host of other chronic illnesses. The impact of this affects 190 million individuals in the United States alone.

Inflammation is the common pathway that drives the arterial disease process. There are dozens of root causes of inflammation, three of which must be treated by a dentist, and specifically a dentist that understands and practices an oral-systemic approach. Pathogenic oral bacteria are directly linked to arterial health and can cause heart attacks and strokes. In order to provide a guarantee of arterial wellness, there must be medical and dental collaboration to treat these root causes of inflammation.

Saliva testing is just the beginning

Periodontal disease is a major connection to heart attack risk, but there are other triggers as well. Besides salivary diagnostics, The Heart Attack Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio offers other powerful advanced health testing, such as a Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test (CIMT Test), genetic testing, and inflammatory testing. The CIMT is a 20-minute ultrasound of your carotid artery that identifies any physical evidence of disease in your arteries. Learn more about this non-invasive test.

The current standard of care in our country aims to treat the sick, offering drugs and surgery as a solution. Our approach is different. The Heart Attack Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio and Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus is the first center in the nation to feature the expertise of cardiology and dentistry under one roof, providing the holistic benefits of The BaleDoneen Method to our patients. The BaleDoneen Method is a science-based methodology that is scientifically proven and accepted to both prevent and reverse heart attacks, strokes, and many other chronic conditions such as dementia, type 2 diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and kidney disease. Read about this amazing methodology.

Don’t guess. Test!

Heart attack and stroke prevention is more accessible and comprehensive than ever. Starting with your initial visit, we dive into all facets of your health, looking for any evidence of disease so you know your status and risk.

Whether you’ve had a heart attack or stroke or know that you’re at risk, you don’t have to live in fear. You can take proactive steps today to reduce your risk or get treatment if needed. With the availability of such powerful diagnostics, there’s no reason not to be tested. Heart attacks are optional! We provide a guarantee of arterial wellness. Yes, a guarantee you will not have a heart attack or stroke on our watch.

Learn more about our preventative healthcare methods. Schedule an appointment today!


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