Recently, you have heard a lot of discussion about the role gum disease has in increasing your risk for heart disease; however, you are not sure how the two can possibly be connected. With so much false information found on the internet and media outlets, it is not unusual to be a bit skeptical, but the truth is that the two are linked to one another. In fact, researchers have found that gum disease can make you twice as likely to develop heart disease. Now, it is more important than ever to promote your dental health to protect your heart health.
Gum Disease and Heart Health
Gum disease in an infection that develops in the gingival tissue due to bacteria that is found in plaque and tartar accumulations, which is most often the result of poor oral hygiene. While it is easily preventable with proper oral hygiene habits and regular care from your dentist, it is estimated that 50% of adults have a form of the infection.
Often, it goes undiagnosed and untreated until it has reached the advanced stages. At this point, it causes destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth, which can result in tooth loss. However, this is not the only concern. The bacteria responsible for the infection can enter the bloodstream.
As it circulates throughout the body, it causes inflammation as the body responds to the infection. This can cause arterial plaque to form. In fact, oral bacteria can be found in the fatty deposits of those who have atherosclerosis.
The deposits can cause the arteries to narrow. In addition, they can breakaway, leading to a heart attack or stroke. According to one study, your risk for stroke increases by 14% if you have lost five or more teeth due to gum disease.
Protect Your Oral and Overall Health
With the mouth often referred to as the gateway to your general health, it is more important than ever to invest in your smile. To prevent gum disease, it is best to brush your teeth twice a day and floss each night. In addition, a semi-annual cleaning and checkup are also needed to reduce harmful plaque and tartar accumulations. During your appointment, your dentist will evaluate the health of your gums to look for early signs of the infection.
With a proactive approach and quick intervention, you can help to foster a healthy smile and body.
About Bethel Dental Clinic
At Bethel Dental Clinic, we believe that a healthy smile starts here. We are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized services that are tailored to your specific needs. We use the most advanced technologies and treatments to promote your oral health while keeping your safety in mind with uncompromised standards. We will help you reach and maintain your dental health goals to protect your teeth and gums from damage. With a healthy smile, you will promote your heart health and well-being. If you need a dental cleaning or gum disease therapy, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.