Published: 05/24/2018

May 10th is National Lipid Day, a day that our periodontal team wants you to recognize. Why? Because the number of lipids present in your body can affect your oral health, heart health, and overall health.

Lipids, which are more commonly known as “fats,” play an important role in the overall function of your body. Lipids do everything from providing your body with energy to produce the necessary hormones. Without an adequate amount of lipids, your body cannot digest and absorb food properly, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes and eventually heart disease. So, what does this have to do with your oral health?

Gum Disease and Lipid Production

Until recently, numerous studies were available that showed how the presence of gum disease can lead to and perpetuate certain diseases such as diabetes, but not much material was available that showed how certain diseases lead to periodontal disease. Finally, however, the National Center for Biotechnology Information published findings from various studies that revealed how lipids play a role in the onset and progression of gum disease in Sun Prairie, WI. What the findings revealed is that diets rich in fats increase oxidative stress and the intensity and duration of inflammatory processes throughout the body.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Health

Though recent studies confirm that there is a relationship between gum disease and heart disease, it is still not clear which is the chicken and which is the egg. On the one hand, gum disease makes it difficult for individuals to control their blood sugar levels, contributing to prolonged periods of elevated blood sugar. On the other hand, gum disease is an inflammatory process, leading researchers to believe that certain diet-related conditions such as diabetes cause oral health problems. Either way, constantly elevated blood sugar levels can put a person at risk for heart problems, including stroke and heart attack.

Treatment for Gum Disease in Sun Prairie, WI

Fortunately, with the right care and treatment, you can get your gum disease under control. Once the inflammation begins to recede, your body will better be able to regulate blood sugar levels and therefore, prevent related conditions from spiraling into something worse. Get your health under control by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Chris Stevens or Dr. Dan Stevens. Call our staff at (608) 318-4012 to make an appointment at Chris Stevens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a gum disease assessment, especially if you suffer from diabetes or heart disease in Sun Prairie, WI. Contact us today!

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