Your gums and heart are completely separate parts of your body, so the health of one shouldn’t affect the health of the other, right? Surprisingly, studies show the exact opposite; the health of your gums can significantly impact your heart. Here’s what you should know about the surprising connection between gum disease and your heart, and how laser gum disease treatment can help you achieve and maintain better overall health.


The Common Thread Between Gum Health and Heart Health

According to studies, there is in irrefutable link between gum disease and cardiovascular health. The link is still being explored, but many believe the common thread between the two conditions is inflammation. The microbes that cause inflammation in your gums can spread to the heart through your blood stream and cause inflammation there as well. To prevent this from happening, it’s essential to schedule an appointment with your periodontist in Nashville, TN, as soon as you notice the first symptoms of periodontal disease.

Common Gum Disease Symptoms

The following symptoms generally point to inflamed gum tissue and could be an indication of periodontal disease:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Bleeding when you floss, eat or brush
  • Pus around the gum tissue
  • Oral sores
  • Loose teeth
  • Large pockets in the gums
  • Receding gum tissue

Fortunately, there are laser-based treatments that are effective at managing gum disease symptoms and can improve your quality of life. Drs. Bill Akin, Will Akin and Brian West offer laser gum disease treatment to carefully burn away diseased tissue without hurting your other oral tissues. They also offer guided tissue regeneration to stimulate your body’s own healing processes so you can recover and maintain oral health more effectively.

Schedule Your Consultation

Are you ready to learn more about laser gum disease treatment and find out if you’re a candidate? Contact Nashville Periodontal Group during regular business hours and we’ll help you set up a consultation with one of our skilled periodontists.