Dr. Chris Hutton and the entire periodontal and dental implant team at our offices in Wisconsin try to stay current on the latest scientific and educational research studies involving the world of dentistry. When we educate ourselves, we are better able to serve and educate you on the best ways to maintain a healthy mouth. Recent studies have shown a strong correlation between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease. Our office wants to inform you of the dangers gum disease in Racine and Burlington, WI, can play on your overall health. If you suspect you may have gum disease, give our office a call. We can help solve the problem before it gets worse.

The Correlation Between Gum Disease and Heart Health

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can wreak havoc in your mouth. If left untreated, the bacteria cause the gums to swell and inflame, which leaves them sensitive and easily able to deposit bacteria into the bloodstream. Once there, the bacteria travel within the blood towards the heart. If they become lodged in the arteries, they will cause inflammation and may lead to heart disease. The best defense is to practice good oral hygiene, regularly visit your periodontist and recognize the warning signs of gum disease in Racine and Burlington, WI, which include:

•  Swollen, red and tender gums
•  Bleeding gums, especially while brushing or flossing
•  Chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing
•  Gums that are receding or pulling away from your teeth
•  Loose or separating teeth

Contact Our Office Today

To further educate yourself on the link between oral health and heart health, contact Dr. Hutton today. Our office looks forward to the opportunity to help you overcome the ill effects of gum disease and help you live a healthier life. Give us a call today at our Racine office at (262) 510-0414.