Published: 05/15/2017

You’ll probably see any number of announcements about May being National Stroke Awareness Month. Since 1989, we’ve recognized this opportunity as a time to educate the population about the realities of stroke in Rockville, MD. Although we’ve done an excellent job overall, individuals are still surprised when they hear how stroke and a common dental condition can be connected.

How Gum Disease Affects the System

When your gums are infected due to a build-up of bacteria, your whole system is put at risk. Think of it this way: If you have a fire in your garage, and your garage is attached to the house, it’s going to affect your whole home if you don’t do something about it. The same is true of gum disease.

Gum disease begins as gingivitis. At this stage, it’s treatable. Usually, people with gingivitis are asymptomatic, or simply ignore symptoms like bleeding gums, chronic bad breath and swollen gums. Unfortunately, if they don’t do something during the gingivitis staging, they’ll move on to periodontitis, the more acute form of the disease. At this point, lifelong management is the only treatment plan that works to keep gum disease at bay.

Without any intervention, the bacteria and infection could seep into the blood stream. Studies have already shown that this can lead to circumstances related to the onset of stroke.

In order to protect yourself, it’s important to stay informed about your risk of stroke in Rockville, MD, by making sure you’re getting proper dental check-ups and treatments. If you haven’t been to a dental provider in a long time, it’s never too late to start. Your body – and mouth – will thank you!

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