Evidence Links Heart Health and Gum Disease
Now there is a new item to add to your list while taking care of your heart. One that wouldn’t be expected like a gym membership or aspirin regimen, and something you can get for free after your Dental365 exam and cleaning: A toothbrush!
The American Academy of Periodontology has come out with a new study stating that people with periodontal disease, a disease of the gums and bones that support the teeth, are twice as likely to have heart disease that can lead to stroke than those without periodontal disease. This occurs when bacteria from the mouth enters the bloodstream through the gums and stick to the fatty plaques in the bloodstream which contributes to blockage.
It is also possible that when these oral bacteria travel through the body, they trigger a defense mechanism against bacteria and the arteries begin to swell. This swelling narrows arteries and increases the risk for blood clots.
What can you do to prevent periodontal disease? It’s simple! Keep your mouth clean - brush and floss twice a day and remember to see your dentist twice a year for a cleanings and exams. Not only will this result in healthier gums, fewer cavities and a whiter smile, but you’ll also be taking precautionary measures to prevent heart disease and stroke.
The dentists and staff of Dental365 are here for you 365 days a year. If you have a question about periodontal disease and heart disease, please make an appointment at one of our convenient locations, or walk in without an appointment. We’ll be happy to get you setup with a consultation and address any concerns you may have.