Fairport, Pittsford and Rochester, NY
My August 26, 2015, post entitled “A false sense of security” talked about some very obvious things like the danger posed by gum disease and bleeding gums and the importance of early detection. But what exactly is the link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease?
Bale and Doneen of Beat the Heart Attack Gene argue that there is a correlation between the amount of inflammation in our gums and the amount of inflammation in the major arteries of the neck and the heart’s largest artery, the aorta. I reinforced this point in my September 16, 2015, post. I believe strongly in their argument and have dedicated a substantial amount of my time, professional development and patient care regimen to practising what I believe (and preach). The story does not end there…
Total body, or systemic health, is affected by a remarkable list of disorders one might not associate naturally. Before I list them, let me recount what the authors have to say: “Even if you don’t have any noticeable symptoms of heart disease and don’t consider yourself to be a candidate for a stroke, if you have any of these conditions, you’re at risk and need to take action now to protect yourself. And the more of them you have, the greater the threat of a heart attack or stroke.”
Whoa! That’s quite an opening volley. So to what do the authors refer?
• Migraine headaches
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Lack of sleep
• Erectile dysfunction
• Depression and anxiety
• Sleep apnea
• Vitamin D deficiency
Where do I begin to expound? I could talk for an hour on these items, but I will refrain from online assessment, diagnosis and treatment except to say that if you have any of these conditions we need to talk! The correlation between these seemingly minor conditions and the bigger concern may be significant. It’s hard for me to resist elaborating further! I would welcome the opportunity to discuss any or all of these items with you at your next appointment.