Dr. Steven T. Cutbirth

Healthy Teeth Equal Healthy Body

The American Dental Association and the American Heart Association acknowledge the relationship between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease increases the risk of heart disease because inflammation in the gums may lead to narrowing of important arteries. Bacteria present in calculus and plaque found in the mouth can enter the blood stream and travel to all organs. For instance, because the mouth is vascular, bacteria can move to the lungs and cause infections such as pneumonia. If not removed by proper dental hygiene, these bacteria can cause bacteremia, a systemic condition that compromises overall health. Gum disease starts when plaque builds up under and along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film-like substance that’s filled with bacteria. Plaque, if not removed, causes gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis causes your gums to become inflamed, tender, red, swollen and more prone to bleeding. Gingivitis can also lead to a more advanced condition called periodontitis. Some signs you may have periodontal disease include consistently bad taste or breath; separating or loose permanent teeth; gums that easily bleed; gums that are swollen, red or tender or gums that have pulled away from your teeth. Plaque left on teeth becomes calculus. Calculus can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. If addressed in a timely manner, periodontal disease can be reversed and thus supports overall systemic health. Dr. Cutbirth, Founding Director, The Center for Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry, also directs an online YouTube teaching platform, “The Dental Minute with Dr. Steve Cutbirth.” Watch Dr. Cutbirth’s YouTube video on “How to Keep Your Teeth for a Lifetime.” Call Dr. Cutbirth’s office and let them help you keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.

Dr. Steven T. Cutbirth

1613 Lake Success
YouTube: Dr. Cutbirth The Dental Minute