A new study published in the Journal of Dental Research suggests latent tooth infection increases risks for coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. The study involved 508 individuals with an average age of 62 and found that those with atypical periodontitis (infection in the pulp chamber of the tooth) were 2.7-times more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without tooth infection. This research furthers a growing body of evidence that disease in the mouth is a risk factor for a number of serious and fatal systemic illnesses. It also reinforces the necessity of routine dental cleanings and examinations.
Tooth infection is often asymptomatic in its earliest stages, but even as it is developing, our New York dentists can detect infection and provide treatment to prevent its spread. Failure to catch tooth infection early on can result in pain, chronic bad breath, and eventual tooth loss. According to this newest study, it can also result in increased risks for heart disease, making swift treatment essential for overall health. If infection is detected during your visit, Dr. Mello or Dr. Tabib will discuss all available treatment options to help ensure you are provided the best solution for your needs. Most often this is done by way of a root canal, though extraction may be necessary in certain cases.
Treating tooth infection helps protect your oral and systemic health. If you are experiencing symptoms including toothache, a pimple on the gums, or chronic bad breath, please contact NYC Smile Design to schedule an evaluation right away. You can also make appointments by calling our Manhattan office at 212-452-3344.