Dr. Richard Graham, owner of the BracesPlus orthodontic offices in Union County points out the research is evolving, but points to a causal link between gum health and a worsening effect on individuals with existing heart conditions.
Several research studies have shown a link between gum disease and heart disease. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by gum disease is responsible for this connection. Diseased gums are particularly susceptible for being an entry point for bacteria entering the blood stream. Patients who have been diagnosed with an infective endocarditis may be at increased risk of infection from bacteria introduced by gum disease.
Research completed by the American Society of Microbiology determined certain genes in certain oral bacteria that allow the organisms to attack and infect human arterial cells, weakening the walls of the heart. Other researchers believe that excessive oral inflammation contributes to clogged arteries. Chronic inflammation is thought to be a cause of heart attacks which why many doctors recommend a daily aspirin. The evidence is clear that good oral health promotes overall health but this causal relationship is generally not known by most people.
Orthodontic treatments help prevent gum disease by straightening and aligning the teeth so the plaque and bacteria that cause gum disease are more easily removed by ordinary brushing. So beyond the aesthetic benefits, straight and aligned teeth can improve your overall health by keeping your gums healthy