Dr. Carol Scuro is a Dentist practicing in Rochester, New York. Dr. Scuro specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic... more
Infective endocarditis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the interior lining of the heart and the heart valves, generally caused by bacterial infection. Heart valves that have been damaged or are abnormal are at highest risk for infective endocarditis, but infection can also occur in normal valves when a large number of bacteria are present. Researchers believe that when an individual is diagnosed with periodontal disease, a normal task such as chewing or brushing can injure gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The accumulation of these bacteria on heart valves often leads to a fatal infection unless treated.
Coronary artery disease is another type of cardiovascular disease in which the walls of the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) gradually thicken due to the build-up of fatty proteins. Often blood clots form in these narrowed coronary arteries and normal blood flow activity is obstructed, depleting the heart of the nutrients and oxygen needed to function properly. Scientists now believe that bacteria found in the oral cavity enter the bloodstream, attach to fatty plaques and may contribute to clot formation. Researchers have found that people suffering from periodontal disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease. Current data leads scientists to believe that periodontal disease is an important risk factor for heart disease, working in concert with other risk factors such as age, smoking, diabetes, hypertension and elevated blood cholesterol.
Additionally, in a recent study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection compared to those in a control group.
The American Heart Association estimates approximately 58 million Americans, 1 in 5, suffer from cardiovascular disease, making it the number on cause of death in the U.S.
Drs. Emery and Scuro have always treated periodontal (gum) disease to keep their patients healthy. They offer the latest laser treatments for this condition.
Dr. Carol Scuro is a Dentist practicing in Rochester, New York. Dr. Scuro specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
"We know that when you need dental care, the last thing you want to do is hunt down a specialist who will treat your concerns, and schedule a visit for months and months in advance. At Emery and Scuro DMD, PC, we built our practice specifically to cater to our patients' needs — from accidental chipped teeth to pain-free treatment plans, we'll find a way to take care of you and your smile."
Dr. Scuro graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from the University of Pittsburgh before earning her DMD with with academic honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she later taught classes. She completed her residency and served on the teaching staff of The Eastman Dental Center and the Genesee Hospital. Today she maintains a continuing commitment to attending advanced dental training seminars in the various fields that she offers.