Oral Health and Heart Health

The Link Between Oral and Heart Health May Be Surprising

With ever-increasing research supporting links between oral and overall health, is it any surprise that our Lawrence Avenue Dental team, led by family dentist, Dr. Lily Lo, supports a collaborative approach to health care for all patients?

“For years we have closely followed studies looking at how general health issues, such as diabetes, can negatively impact a patient’s oral health; and conversely, how patients prone to periodontal disease may be at higher risk for heart disease,” says Dr. Lily Lo. “We are pleased that so many of our patients are starting to understand the importance of not only proactive and preventive oral hygiene, but sharing overall health reports and concerns with their dental team during regular visits. We encourage sharing their dental health status at their regular medical visits as well.”

How Periodontal Health Can Alert to Potential Cardiovascular Disease

The importance of regular visits to Lawrence Avenue Dental has never been more prominent as when we look to oral health as an indicator of potential cardiovascular disease. With Heart Disease reported as the second leading cause of death behind cancer, this is an issue that we all take extremely seriously.

Here’s what researchers are saying about the link between periodontal disease and heart health.

The same bacteria that contributes to oral inflammation and periodontal disease has been found in those patients with cardiovascular disease. What researchers have found is that the bacteria found in the mouth enters the bloodstream during regular chewing and/or brushing and travels to various parts of the circulatory system. The problem is that these same bacteria is prone to sticking to the fatty plaques in the bloodstream, which may contribute to blockages. These bacteria also trigger the same inflammatory response in the body as in the gums, and as the cardiovascular system experiences swelling, blood flow is reduced and risks of clots increase.

With your heart health at risk, it is critical to document and report any initial symptoms of periodontal disease to Dr. Lily Lo and the team at Lawrence Avenue Dental, including:

  • Swollen red gums
  • Bleeding while brushing
  • Unexplained mouth pain
  • Receding gums (a perfect gateway for bacteria)
  • Loose teeth
  • Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
  • Any sores or pus

If you have any questions about your personal health care and how it may affect your dental care, or vice-versa, let’s talk.

Our office welcomes families of all ages. We are conveniently located at 1200 Lawrence Avenue in Toronto, just a short distance away from the DVP and Lawrence Avenue. Call us at 416.444.9045 to schedule your dental appointment or with any questions. Your visits make us smile!

Lawrence Avenue Dental July 5, 2019