The interconnected relationship between Sleep Apnea, heart disease, stroke and gum disease is being cited more and more often. Treatment for Sleep Apnea and regular care of your teeth, mouth and gums are critical for overall health.
Scientific evidence and increasing peer-reviewed literature are piecing together the common links between periodontal disease (bleeding gums) and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Bacteria found in gum disease are also routinely found in the plaques that narrow our arteries and thrombi – the clots causing strokes. The inflammation triggered by gum disease found throughout the body is one of the critical factors that start a cascade of conditions that can lead to these problems.