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Bad Breath—A Sign You’re at Risk for Stroke?

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One unfortunate episode of halitosis can have major social repercussions. But bad breath could even be a sign of something far more serious—a high risk for stroke.

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Stroke Risk

Recent studies have strengthened a link that’s been proven between gum disease and other health problems including stroke.

One study in particular showed that those who regularly visit the dentist have a 50% less chance of having a stroke than those who don’t. And further research revealed that those with inflammatory gum disease are nearly three times more likely to have a stroke than those without the disease.

The evidence is strong that chronic gum disease increases the risk of stroke. Additionally, the bacteria that cause gum disease and gum inflammation have been found in the plaque deposits inside arteries.

So what does any of this have to do with bad breath?

Bad Breath and Stroke Risk

Gum disease affects some 80% of adults in the United States. It occurs in varying degrees. Some people only suffer the occasional bout of gingivitis while others develop a more serious form called periodontitis.

Periodontitis is when the tissues in the gums, ligaments, and surrounding bone start to break down in a reaction to plaque bacteria. As the tissues become swollen and inflamed, they pull away from tooth roots and start to rot.

This results in teeth loosening up and producing an extremely foul odor.

If you suffer from chronic bad breath, then it’s possible that advancing gum disease is the cause. See your local dentist for a checkup to see what you can do to lower your risk for gum disease and the ensuing complications like stroke.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

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