Did you know that gum disease is associated with heart disease? The American Heart Association has linked moderate to advanced stages of gum disease as placing patients at greater risk for heart disease than people who have healthy gums. In fact, the condition of your smile can indicate to your physician that you may indeed have another health condition, such as heart disease.
Turns out that protecting your smile is also protecting your heart. How is this so? It appears that oral bacteria and germs can travel through the bloodstream from your mouth to other organs. Once these reach your heart, they can get into damaged areas and result in inflammation there. When this happens, the risk of endocarditis–a serious infection of the heart’s inner lining increases. It can also cause clogging of the arteries in the heart and even stroke.
As this infection of oral tissues that keep teeth in place progresses unchecked, it can result in tooth loss. To protect against gum disease, the American Dental Association has reiterated excellent oral care to benefit 10 your oral health and 2) your overall health.
We recommend brushing your teeth every day to remove dental plaque, bacteria, and food particles. You should brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval on it. Next, floss your teeth once a day. Get rid of the plaque, bacteria, and bits of food stuck between the teeth and around the gumline. Follow a healthy, balanced diet and don’t snack between meals. See your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.
For questions, or to schedule your next dental cleaning, please call 661-942-1179 today. Our dentist, Dr. Bradford Boyd, along with our AV Dental Wellness Group team in Lancaster, California is here to help you have a healthy, confident smile.