Published: 03/14/2019

Blood test highlighting high triglycerides levelThe end of March brings us National Triglycerides Day on the 28th. This day is important as a reminder to get your levels checked and to follow up with your doctor if any of your results have been elevated. What you might not realize is that there is a link between gum disease and triglyceride levels. Multiple studies hosted by the NIH archive point to a correlation between trouble with lipid metabolism and periodontal disease.

Gum Disease Signs

If you know you’re prone to high triglyceride levels and you are wondering whether you also need to worry about gum disease, it helps to know the common signs of the condition.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

It’s worth noting that cardiac issues can develop from untreated periodontal disease, so even if you have not had triglyceride problems in the past, you may want to get checked out if you’ve developed signs of gum disease.

Treating Gum Disease

If your symptoms progress to the point where you are battling receding gums, a gum graft can help restore missing tissue after the infection is taken care of. This treatment helps reset your appearance and preserves your teeth by providing the tissue needed to securely hold them in place. Periodontal disease can flare again, and it will put the graft in danger if that happens, so you will also want to build a relationship with a periodontist who can monitor your condition.

Stay on Top of Your Health

Any time you find yourself exploring gum problems or heart problems, it’s a good idea to get the other one checked out just to be sure you’re treating everything. The reason is simple. Oral health issues are overwhelmingly related to infections, and when infections enter the bloodstream through open sites like bleeding gums, they can affect other parts of the body. You want to make sure that infection doesn’t settle in to any vital systems, especially if you already have heart issues. Contact Drs. Hal or Adam Kimowitz at Denville Dentist in Denville, NJ today to make an appointment and learn more about the link between your heart health and your oral health.

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