Who Is At Risk?
On an average day, one American suffers from a stroke every 45 seconds. The targeted population is individuals over the age of 45, occurring in one in every four adult men and one out of five adult women. With such a high statistic, it is no surprise that this is the number one cause of death for the senior population in America. Although older adults are more at risk, no one is immune. Anyone can suffer from an incident at any age and at any time, so it is important to learn how you can reduce your risk.
What Are The Effects?
In a regularly functioning body, blood vessels provide a regular supply of oxygen to the brain. A stroke is what happens when these essential blood vessels become damaged or otherwise compromised, leaving the brain without its necessary supply of oxygen. Without this essential oxygen, even for a short time, the brain may receive extremely damaging effects. The resulting effects are often life altering and even debilitating. Even in what seems like a minor occurrence, the momentary loss of oxygen in the brain may result in devastating consequences. Here are a few of the common side effects:
- Total or partial body paralysis
- Severe weakness
- Loss of understanding
- Inability to speak or write
- Heart problems
- Noticeable changes in mental and emotional health
How Is Periodontal Disease Connected?
Current evidence shows that periodontal disease may increase the risk of having a stroke. The ASA released a study showing that individuals suffering from an extreme case of periodontitis were 4.3 times more likely to have an episode than those with more mild cases or no sign of the disease.
With such a high calculated risk, it is important to undergo gum disease treatment as soon as any signs of gum disease are noticed. Infections in the mouth can quickly spread, making them more difficult to treat later on. The longer you wait for this essential gum disease treatment, the greater your risk.
What Can You Do To Reduce Your Risk?
With the clear links between periodontal disease and strokes, you can reduce your risk through regular and thorough dental care. This is one risk factor that can easily be eliminated if you are willing to do your part. Keep up with regular dental visits and personal dental care and notify Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Parker immediately if you notice any signs of potential gum problems.