Heart Disease and Oral Health

 In Family Dentistry

Did you know that the health of your mouth directly correlates to the health of your heart? There have been a variety of studies conducted by dentists and researchers trying to determine the connection between heart disease and oral health.

Here’s what they have found.

Your mouth is full of bacteria. If it’s not taken care of, the bacteria will build up and cause gum disease. That bacteria can ultimately travel through the whole body and cause inflammation in heart vessels.

Recent studies show that there is a 20% greater chance of developing heart disease if the person already has gum disease.

Gum disease and heart vessel inflammation can be a precursor for strokes, heart attacks, or other serious issues that could lead to heart failure.  

How to decrease your risk of gum disease and heart disease:

Even if you don’t have heart disease or a family history of that, you should take your oral health very seriously. Dental cleanings every six months are crucial to maintaining great oral health and preventing problems later down the road. 

In addition to this, you should focus on great oral hygiene at home with flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day.

Just like high blood pressure or other hidden health problems, many people don’t know they have a problem until it’s too late. That could not only be expensive to get the care you need to fix the problem, but it could be painful or uncomfortable.   

If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, now is the time to get an appointment scheduled. This is especially true if you have red, swollen, or tender gums, bad breath that doesn’t go away, or bleeding while brushing or flossing. These are all signs of possible gum disease.   

Practice good oral health by brushing your teeth twice a day (at least) and flossing daily. Regular dental care and checkups are essential to prevent oral bacteria from leading to tooth loss, periodontal disease, and more.

Good oral health and heart disease prevention go hand in hand. Good oral health and good oral hygiene provide a wide range of benefits, as American dental experts can attest. Poor oral health, on the other hand, is one of a number of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Our team at New Image Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is committed to your total body health. Contact us today to schedule your routine cleaning or to learn more about how we can help with any dental problems you’re experiencing.

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