October 1, 2017
Did you know that your teeth and gums do much more than provide a beautiful smile when they’re properly cared for? They actually work to keep your whole body healthy—even your heart!
Yeah, you read that right. Heart health is directly correlated to how well your mouth is. Your preventive dentist is here to explain how these systems are connected so that you can truly understand what your smile does for you.
Strong Hygiene Habits = A Strong Heart
Believe it or not, how you take care of your teeth and gums affects not only your oral health, but it impacts your cardiovascular health, too. Studies have consistently found a link to how well your heart operates to how well periodontal health is cared for. In fact, people with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease.
The correlation between gum disease and heart disease is caused by the inflammation and gum recession that comes along with gum disease. Since gums recede with advanced gum disease, it opens creates a dangerous portal between the mouth and your bloodstream.
If the bacteria that harbor in your mouth reaches your arteries, they may cause the same kind of irritation they caused in your gums and mouth. This can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries of your heart that can harden, eventually blocking blood flow. Without sufficient blood flow, your heart can easily malfunction, causing a heart attack. Just as bad if not worse, plaque and bad dental debris can travel through the bloodstream, to your brain and cause a stroke.
Understand Gum Disease So You Can Prevent It
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that progress over time. It all starts when plaque hardens into tartar along and below the gum line. This irritates the soft tissues and can cause a harmful infection.
As the condition progresses, gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form, leading to the dangerous health concerns discussed in the paragraphs above. If you notice any of these symptoms of gum disease, you should seek professional dental assistance right away:
- Red, swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Buildup of pus between gums
- Loose fitting teeth
- Receding gums
- Pockets of infection along your gum line
- Chronic bad breath
Preventive Care is Key to Excellent Overall Health
Regular dental visits at least every six months allow your dentist the opportunity to notice and address any signs of dental issues. Besides the basic dental care all dentists recommend at home like brushing and flossing your teeth, you can also use an antimicrobial mouthwash to further eliminate bad dental bacteria from your mouth.
Your dentist is here to help you keep a healthy smile and body. If you ever have any questions about how to optimize your dental health, feel free to reach out to a local expert for assistance.
About Our Office
Here at Lifetime Dental Health, we make our ultimate goal clear: we want all of our patients to experience optimal oral health for a lifetime! That’s why our team of experts commit to providing personalized care with a variety of services to meet every patient’s needs. Call us today to schedule your next preventive care appointment.
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