Periodontitis Linked to Strokes

The Marconi Dental Group wants you to be aware that scientists, dentists and doctors continue to find links between infections of the gums, commonly called gum disease, and serious forms of illness. The most dangerous stage of gum disease is periodontitis. This dental problem, often ignored by patients, has been linked to the following complications:

An additional potential complication of chronic periodontitis is strokes. Stroke is an attack on the tissues of the brain, usually caused by a ruptured or clogged blood vessel. Strokes are potentially caused by the inflammation and destructive effect of the same oral bacteria that create gum recession and tooth decay.

Neuro Endocrinology Letters writes in a 2013 study that the “presence of chronic destructive inflammation in the mouth – a region with rich blood supply, contributes to escape of bacteria, their virulent factors and various pro-inflammatory cells.” These three factors, when present in the blood vessels, can lead to atherosclerosis. The doctors involved in the study point out that atherosclerosis, the same disease that clogs the arteries to the heart, also clogs the arteries to the brain. Just as clogged cardiac arteries can create heart attacks, clogged cerebral arteries can lead to strokes.

Atherosclerosis — Does It Only Affect Your Brain and Heart?

The entire body needs a continual supply of blood, carried by your arteries. Clogging those arteries via atherosclerosis can lead to complications in many parts of the body, not just your brain and your heart. While those organs are absolutely vital, so we acutely notice damage to them, researchers have also linked atherosclerosis to back pain, sexual dysfunction and other commonly reported aches and health issues.

Consider the Facts About Periodontitis

Certainly, other factors, such as a diet high in fat and cholesterol, a lack of exercise and smoking, contribute to clogged arteries. This additional factor — complications due to gum disease — should not be ignored and has a simple solution. Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, at least twice daily, and regular visits to your dentist, at least twice yearly, can keep chronic periodontitis away and ordinary gum disease in check. Our convenient Carmichael dental office stands ready to help you protect your health by keeping your teeth and gums healthy!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.


The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.