Would having an abscessed gum cause a carotid artery blockage? I had a stroke about 2 months after teeth removal.

Advice for Carotid artery blockage and abscessed gum 

There is no proven scientific research that establishes a direct connection between an abscessed gum and a stroke. However, an inordinately large number of connections between any kind of tooth and gum disease and cardiovascular irregularities has been made and proven. It is an established fact that the plaque that surrounds your teeth is of the same chemical composition has the plaque that thickens your arteries and causes strokes. Supposedly, the plaque travels from your mouth to your arteries and settles down there. It is also a silent connection, which means that in case you have lost your teeth to any kind of periodontal disease, it could still be the cause of any kind of heart disease after a period of time.

It is not necessary for you to have all your teeth in order to suffer from related heart trouble. It could very well be possible the abscessed gum you had could have contributed to your stroke. Extensive medical tests would prove that conclusively. However, it is important that from here onwards, you take care of your oral hygiene and general dental health as part of living a healthier lifestyle. It is imperative to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, for at least two minutes each time. You must floss every alternate day and visit the dentist at least twice a year to keep your teeth, and therefore your heart, in general good health.

answered by G R

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