It’s Heart Month. How Oral Health And Heart Disease Are Connected

5 February 2018

February is the month for Valentines, roses, and bling. It also happens to be Heart Month. If you are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or any day) with your honey, you will want to have sweet fresh breath as you whisper in their ear or lovingly share a kiss.

Maintaining your oral health is important for a multitude of reasons: a healthy relationship with your coworkers, your family and friends, as well as your significant other.

There could also be other reasons.

Oral Health And Heart Disease

A practice specializing in family dentistry will tell you brushing twice a day, flossing at least once per day, and using an oral rinse are just some of the components of a good oral health regimen. It is important to follow this schedule to prevent the build up of plaque which can lead to gum disease. Once gum disease progresses the bacteria in your mouth can affect other parts of your body if it gets into your bloodstream.

Many studies have been conducted to determine if there is a connection between gum disease (periodontitis) and heart disease. .

The Facts

There is no conclusive evidence that there is a direct link between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease does not cause heart disease, and there is no clinical evidence that treating gum disease will necessarily reduce your risk. But there does seem to an association with gum disease and increased risk to develop heart disease. The bacteria present in gum disease causes inflammation which is also common in heart disease. Current research suggests that certain health issues are linked to oral health and can contribute to and be affected by poor oral health.

Persistent gum disease is a warning sign not to be overlooked. Schedule a professional dental cleaning with an office providing family dentistry like Oakville Place Dental Office. Your dentist can diagnose any signs of gum disease and suggest ways to improve your oral health.

The Bottom Line

Be proactive and take care of both your oral health and your heart.

  • Be consistent with your daily oral routine.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months or if the bristles become broken or bent.
  • Add exercise into your weekly activities.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Manage your weight.
  • Control your blood pressure.

Be aware of the signs of gum disease: red inflamed and bleeding gums, gums pulling away from the teeth, foul taste in your mouth or bad breath, and sensitive teeth.

As researchers continue to study the correlation between heart disease and gum disease, keep you and your family healthy with regular visits to a professional family dentistry practice.

Oakville Dental Place is here to help.

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