Did you know that strokes occur more often in those who suffer from gum disease? It’s true. Good oral hygiene may keep you healthier overall. The link between strokes and gingivitis in Birmingham, AL, is well known and there is no better time to discuss it than in May, Stroke Awareness Month. Very little press is given to the fact that patients with periodontal infection are much more likely to experience a stroke or heart disease. This may be due to the fact that research is still being performed to establish why this connection exists.

Why Periodontal Infection is So Important

Bacteria live in your mouth. Every day, you brush and floss it away, but suppose you didn’t clean away all the bacteria. This bacteria would be allowed to flourish, infecting your gums and causing chronic inflammation. Inflammation weakens your immune system and is responsible for a host of systemic medical conditions. Furthermore, these bacteria could enter the bloodstream and travel to organs throughout the body, including the brain. Strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of oxygen to the brain. Cells die off and the results can be devastating, negatively impacting your brain’s abilities.

Lowering Your Risk with Gum Disease Treatment

When caught early, treatments for gingivitis in Birmingham, AL, are non-invasive. Scaling and root planing or antibiotics are generally recommended. If untreated,  gum surgery may be needed. While traditional gum surgery is effective, there is a laser gum surgery that does not require scalpels or stitches, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). Laser surgery removes bacteria and infected tissue, leaving your gums immediately healthier.

Dr. Kent offers minimally-invasive laser gum surgery to quickly and conveniently treat periodontal disease. Contact our office to learn how you can have healthier gums without discomfort or lengthy recovery periods. Call our office to schedule your appointment now.