How is a stroke related to your dental health?

Studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group. Lynn Dental Care specializes in periodontal disease and can both help you treat and prevent gum disease from affecting your overall health.

What is a Stroke?

An ischemic stroke (the most common type) happens when a blood vessel that feeds the brain

gets blocked, usually by a blood clot. When the blood supply to a part of the brain is shut off, brain cells will die. The result is the inability to carry out normal brain functions such as walking

or talking. About 85 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes.

How can you minimize your risk of having a stroke?

  • Control high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Lower the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat in your diet.
  • Quit tobacco use.
  • Control diabetes.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
  • Treat obstructive sleep apnea, if present.
  • Treat depression and anxiety, if present.
  • Be aware of atrial fibrillation – a condition where you have an abnormal heartbeat.
  • Stay vigilant about your heart health
  • Avoid illicit drugs.

Lynn Dental Care wants to stress the importance of oral health to your overall health. Maintaining a healthy mouth is the first step to being a healthier you.

Lynn Dental Care Can Help Take Care of Your Gums

Here at Lynn Dental Care, we take pride in our ability to work out the best oral health plan for your specific needs. Dr. Lynn is a certified periodontist, so even if you’re currently suffering from periodontal disease, we can help you get better. We also want to be able to help you prevent gum disease and other oral health issues in the future. By being proactive about your dental care you can lessen your chances of experiencing other health issues. Lynn Dental Care offers a variety of dental services to help you with your dental needs. If you have any questions or if you would like to set up an appointment, please give us a call or visit the Lynn Dental Care website for more information.

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American Stroke Association


Mayo Clinic – Stroke

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