Heart Disease and Oral Health Why good habits and good products matter
Like crop circles, Stonehenge, and the Bermuda Triangle, life is full of strange and unexplained phenomena. Is the connection between heart disease and poor oral health one of those puzzling mysteries in life or a real thing?
Well guess what — according to recent research, adults with gum disease or tooth loss also have higher instances of cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attacks than those who have good oral health.
Although the medical community isn’t in complete agreement of why this is true, there are several theories.
One such theory is that the same bacteria that affect your gums and cause periodontal disease are the ones that travel through your blood wreaking havoc in your blood vessels. Oral infections – such as those relating to cavities and gum disease – are the most common diseases of mankind today.
Capable of causing blood clots, blood vessel inflammation, heart attack, or stroke, these exact strains of oral bacteria have been found inside atheroslerotic (clogged) blood vessels — far away from the mouth. Yikes!
Your body’s immune response may be to blame.
Another theory is that it’s not bacteria directly causing an issue in your bloodstream, but your immune system. When inflammation is present, particularly in the mouth, our immune system is triggered. We know that this chronic inflammatory process plays a major role in cardiovascular disease. A weak immune system, however, can result in excessive inflammation, which leads to vascular damage in the heart or even the brain
Finally, there may be no direct connection between heart health and oral health but rather they occur together as a result of a third detrimental factor, such as smoking.
Regardless of the underlying cause of this relationship between heart health and oral health, it’s clear that taking excellent care of your teeth and gums are an essential practice for a better quality of life.
So, are you at risk for heart disease?
People with chronic gum disease, like gingivitis, are at the highest risk for heart disease. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or they’re typically red and swollen, it may be a sign of gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Often the symptoms are subtle and almost imperceptible. Early diagnosis and care is essential.
Do your gums look as if they’re pulling away from your teeth?
Do you frequently have a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath?
Do any of your teeth feel loose or like they’re shifting out of place?
Has it been more than 6 months since I had a professional dental cleaning at my dentist?
If so, make an appointment with your dentist right away so you can get the expert dental care you need to correct these issues, or to prevent them from happening in the first place.
And ask yourself how your brushing and flossing routine is going; if it’s not up to par – you’re skipping brushing before bedtime or haven’t made flossing a real priority, perhaps making some changes to your at-home dental hygiene routine would be something to seriously consider.
Preventive measures are the best way to protect yourself against heart and gum disease.
Taking excellent care of your mouth along with the rest of your body is the best way to prevent serious health problems in the future.
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