The Connection Between Oral Health and Heart Health
Most of us go to the dentist in Toronto to make sure we’re taking care of our mouth and everything inside of it, but did you know that your oral health also plays an impact on the health of your heart?
Studies have shown two different links between oral and heart health. The first showed that moderate or advanced gum disease puts a person at increased risk for heart disease than a person without gum disease.
The second showed that a person’s oral health can be a warning to doctors that a variety of diseases or conditions may be an issue for the patient, including problems with the heart.
When a person neglects their teeth or gum health, it provides an opportunity for bacteria to grow and spread. This bacterium can travel from the mouth into the bloodstream, carrying it to other areas of the body. It can attach itself to the blood vessels which increase the chances of heart damage.
When the bacteria reaches the heart, it often adheres to any areas where the heart has been damaged. The new bacteria will cause inflammation, which can cause diseases like endocarditis ( an infection in the heart’s inner lining). The inflammation caused by the bacteria can also cause clogged arteries and even strokes.
People are most at risk when they have chronic gum conditions like gingivitis, or advanced periodontal diseases. Both of these can be caught and treated in the early stages if you stay on top of your regular dental cleanings and checkups.
Here are some warning signs to watch out for:
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you eat, brush or floss your teeth
- Puffy gums, or gums that show pus or any other signs of infection
- Gums that look like they’re separating from the teeth
- Regular bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Teeth that feel wiggly or loose
The best way to tackle gum disease before it becomes a problem for your heart is early prevention, and the best way to do that is through good oral hygiene and regular dental care with your dentist at Lawrence Avenue Dental.
Be sure to brush twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush, floss daily, and don’t skip your regular dental cleanings.
Why wait? Call and book an appointment today to get started on the road to strong teeth, gums, and a healthy heart. Lawrence Avenue Dental is a family, cosmetic and orthodontics dental practice in Toronto. We are conveniently located on Lawrence Ave, just East from DVP. Ample free parking is always available. Contact us today.