WHAT IS A STROKE?
A stroke occurs when the blood vessel feeding the brain is blocked due to a blood clot. When this happens, brain cells can die, resulting in the inability to perform normal functions needed for walking, talking, and other everyday activities. Approximately 85% of strokes are found to be ischemic strokes. Read on to learn more about strokes, how to prevent them, and the treatments recommended by the team at Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, Florida.
HOW A STROKE RELATES TO YOUR MOUTH
Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Amanda del Cueto of Gentle Dentistry educate Tampa, Florida area patients on the various ways in which strokes and oral health are related. Research continues to indicate that there is a significant relationship between periodontal disease and strokes. Studies have examined how oral infections can increase the potential for strokes, and vice versa, with those who have had strokes being more at risk of developing periodontal disease. Understanding how these two are connected can help in minimizing both these health problems.
STROKE PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS FROM GENTLE DENTISTRY
- Avoid illicit drugs
- Control diabetes
- Control high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- Follow good oral hygiene practices that promote healthy teeth and gums
- Lower the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat in your diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit tobacco use
- Seek treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, if present
LEARN MORE ABOUT REDUCING YOUR RISK OF DISEASE AND STROKES
Our team at Gentle Dentistry assists Tampa, Florida area patients with achieving and maintaining their oral health and wellness. If you are worried about your risk of developing certain medical conditions, including strokes, it may be time to have your smile evaluated for periodontal disease.
Our office is conveniently located in Suite #221 at 3500 East Fletcher Avenue and can be reached at (813) 734-7102.
Schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Angela Rasmussen or Dr. Amanda del Cueto to receive a proper diagnosis of periodontal disease and discuss the suitable treatment options to restore your oral and overall health and well-being.