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Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium that is known to cause periodontitis has recently been linked to inflammation and atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries. New research indicates that Porphyromonas gingivalis secretes enzymes that alter the ratio between two angiopoietins, boosting inflammation and increasing risks for heart attack and stroke. While a link between heart disease and periodontitis has long been known, this is the first research to understand the mechanism behind the correlation.

Symptoms of gum disease may include red and swollen gum tissue that bleeds when brushed. At this stage, Houston periodontists Dr. Scott Young can generally reverse the problem with advanced cleanings. As gum disease progresses, symptoms may include loose or shifting teeth, chronic bad breath, and tooth discoloration. Left untreated, this type of gum disease may lead to tooth loss, bone necrosis, heart disease, and a number of other serious issues. To avoid these larger problems it is always best to have your gum disease treated in its initial stage.

Left untreated, gum disease can increase risks for heart attack. To prevent this issue, call Houston periodontist Dr. Scott Young at (281) 367-5559 at the first sign of an oral health issue.