Stroke: Are You At-Risk?
If you’ve visited our page on heart disease, you’re already somewhat familiar with the idea of a stroke and how it occurs. The blood vessel that feeds into your brain becomes blocked, cutting off the supply of blood. When this happens, your brain cells die, leaving you unable to perform normal functions, including things as simple as walking and talking. Minimizing your risk of a stroke might seem simple. Most people associate it with a good diet and regular exercise; the same as with having a healthy heart. However, this still isn’t enough.
You can have the healthiest lifestyle in the city, but if you aren’t taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you are still at-risk of a stroke. Roughly 50% of people in America have some level of gingivitis, and most of the ones who do don’t even know it. Are you one of them? Gingivitis at any level is dangerous because that means oral bacteria is flowing throughout your body, and that in itself might give you a stroke.
Connecting Strokes to Your Oral Health
Much like cardiovascular disease, studies have pointed out a link between periodontal disease and strokes. One study focused on the casual relationship of infections in the mouth being a risk factor for strokes. People who were diagnosed with ischemic strokes were found to be more likely to have some sort of oral infection when compared to the control group. What does this mean? In essence, it means that every part of your body is connected.