August 4, 2015 | Posted in Info Articles | By

Your Mouth Health and Strokes

So, what does your mouth have to do with strokes?

Like heart disease, the leading cause of strokes is blocked arteries. Periodontal disease is an inflammation of your gums caused by bacterial infection.  Both the inflammation and bacterial infection are being linked to increase plaque formation in your arteries.  

 

A stroke happens when a blood vessel that feeds the brain gets blocked.  The cells in the area of the brain that normally get oxygen and nutrition from blood flow now begin to die.  The results are varied depending on the area of the brain affected.  Brain function that controls your walking, talking, smiling and many other things can be damaged.  It can change your life dramatically.

Statistics show that younger and younger people are having strokes.  So it is important to take care of yourself now.

Up to 75-80% of all adults have some degree of Periodontal disease.  What this means is that a large percentage of the population has an increase risk of experiencing strokes. 

There are many things you can do to reduce your risk.

One of the simplest and most cost effective things to do is to brush and floss daily.  Also, keeping the infection and inflammation in check by regularly visiting your dentist and hygienist is a key factor.

Other important factors are controlling high blood pressure, quitting tobacco use, controlling diabetes, maintaining healthy weight, regular exercise, treating sleep apnea and eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

It is very important to recognize the symptoms of stroke.  The sooner you get medical attention the better chance of recovery that you have.

References:

http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/35/2/496.full

http://www.mayoclinic.org/stroke-rehabilitation/art-20045172

http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ikIQLcMWJtE&b=7498307&ct=13940921

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