Tooth Infection and Heart Disease

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Wed, 09/14/2016

A new study has found that untreated tooth infection increases risks for coronary artery disease by as much as 2.7 times. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and responsible for over 600,000 deaths in the United States every year, making it the leading cause of preventable death in our country.

Tooth infection increases risks for heart disease. Routine examinations can help protect you from this issue. Call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at <a href=559-224-0103 to learn more" src="/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 451px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" />Having a strong daily oral care routine is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth infection. However, even this may not be enough to eliminate all risks. Because tooth infection may be asymptomatic for some time, it is always a good idea to visit our Fresno dentist every six months for thorough examinations. During these visits, Dr. Miyake will be able to determine if infection is present and provide targeted treatments to help prevent the serious oral and systemic health problems that can follow.

Symptoms of tooth infection may include:

  • Pain – sharp and sudden or dull and sustained
  • Swelling and redness in the gums
  • A pimple or pocket forming on the gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swelling of neck lymph nodes

If you experience any of these symptoms, particularly pain, it is important to visit our office right away. Although systemic issues may not occur for some time, oral health problems including tooth loss may happen rapidly when infection is not dealt with.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling 559-224-0103 to schedule an examination right away. Dr. Miyake serves patients living in Fresno, Clovis, Tulare, and all surrounding areas of California.