The Link Between Your Oral Health and Your Heart Health
Since your youth, you have learned about the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day and maintaining your oral health. Did you know that being diligent with your oral care does more than prevent tooth decay? It also helps other important parts of the body such as your heart. The American Heart Association suggests that you can help lower the risk of developing certain cardiovascular diseases by properly brushing your teeth for two minutes per day. This is in addition to findings that your gum health is also linked to your heart health.
Who is at Risk?
The mouth can be a mirror that reflects your overall health. When tooth decay and gum disease is prevalent and untreated it can lead to more severe problems in your overall health. In the instance of gum disease, the increased levels of bacteria in the mouth can begin to travel in the bloodstream affecting the tissues surrounding the heart. The tissues and arteries can become inflamed from the bacteria, affecting how the heart functions. Those who do not visit the dentist regularly for hygiene examinations and those who are susceptible to gum disease are at a higher risk for developing heart complications. Patients are more likely to experience issues such as coronary artery disease and stroke. Gum disease can also cause an increase in blood pressure and cause blood pressure medications not to work effectively. Recent findings are also showing a link between poor oral health and those who suffer from heart valve problems.
What Can Be Done to Maintain Oral Health?
There are simple steps that can be taken to ensure that your oral health is maintained. The most important step that can be taken to help your oral health and your overall health is visiting our office every six months for routine hygiene examinations. We not only clean your teeth, but we also inspect for the development of gum disease. We also recommend:
- Brushing teeth thoroughly for two minutes twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Eating a healthy diet and limit snacks between meals
If you have not visited our office within the past six months for a routine hygiene examination and cleaning, we suggest scheduling an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you in our office located in Montgomery, AL soon.