How does oral health affect how well medicines work?
How gum disease affects how well Statin medications work
An important factor in the efficacy of statin drugs is whether you have gum disease. Nearly seventy percent (70%) of all adults have gum disease and the older you are, the more likely you are to suffer from it. Gum disease actually causes inflammatory substances to enter your bloodstream and travel to other organs and systems, for instance the heart. It is also a factor in atherosclerosis, or the narrowing or hardening of the arteries. Inflammation from periodontal disease can also add to the amount of inflammation in the muscles, adding to the side effects coming from the statin drug and further distressing the kidneys.
One of the best things you can do for your systemic (overall) health is to find out where you stand with regard to gum disease. Minimizing your risk if you do not have gum disease and using some intervention strategies to treat and facilitate improvement of conditions in your mouth may help your doctor reduce dosage levels of statins needed, thus reducing your risk levels of side effects from statin drugs.