Drs. Esposito, Shivji & Drance
Downtown Dental Clinic
1328 Alberni St 604-669-1111
MAX Dental Clinic (Yaletown)
90 Smithe St 604-609-2020
"Thanks, I was able to compete with confidence thanks to my beautiful, winning smile!"Jane Gingera -- Miss Universe Vancouver
Do you hate your smile? Are you embarrassed in photographs? The happiest patients we have are those who have decided to improve their smiles. We know that many people hate their teeth, but are completely unaware how we might give them a new, beautiful smile. We use a combination of porcelain veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, orthodontics, and laser gum recontouring and the results are incredible! Come in and we will give you an idea of what is possible.
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Gum Disease and Heart Attacks—Is There a Connection?
There is growing evidence that the presence of periodontal (gum) disease can be linked to the incidence of coronary heart disease.
Gums infected with periodontal disease are toxic reservoirs of disease-causing bacteria. The bacteria hide in pockets next to the teeth, where the gums have pulled away from the tooth surface. When gums are this infected, they frequently bleed.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis recently discovered that bleeding gums common in severe gum disease provide an open doorway for plaque bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This bacteria, Streptococcus sanguis, can cause blood clots that block arteries and trigger heart attacks.
"Severe periodontitis is the equivalent of about nine square inches of chronic wound around the teeth," said Dr. Mark Herzberg, director of the study. "It offers considerable opportunity over time for these bacteria to enter the blood."
More heartache from gum disease
Other studies have shown that plaque bacteria entering the bloodstream through infected gums might also cause a potentially fatal heart disease called infective endocarditis. This is a bacterial infection that causes the sac around the heart to become inflamed. Herzberg has shown that the S. sanguis plaque bacteria is one of the most frequent causes of endocarditis.
More than just speculation
In a study of 400 older men, researchers in Michigan found that those with severe gum disease were four and one-half times more likely to have coronary heart disease than those without gum disease.
The lesson to be learned? Brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly. Because we now know that good oral health can prevent more than just gum disease.
Sources: Dr. Walter Loesche, "The Link Between Systemic Conditions and Diseases and Oral Health," University of Michigan.
Dr. Eugene J. Whitaker, Temple University School of Dentistry.
The Academy of General Dentistry
The American Academy of Periodontology
The American Dental Association
American Academy of Neurology - 51st Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April, 1999.
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