How Your Oral Health Affects Your Heart
A significant amount of recent research points to the fact that the state of your teeth and gums affects your heart health, too. It’s especially true when it comes to your gums. While we’re not completely sure why the link exists, it’s been noted that gum disease can cause or aggravate a number of issues with the heart.
Heart conditions related to gum disease include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
One thought behind the link between gum and heart health is that when the gums are infected, bacteria is allowed easy entry into the bloodstream. Once these agents reach the arteries, they cause the same inflammation that occurs in the mouth -- and that leads to the buildup of a hard plaque that blocks blood flow. Reduced blood flow can cause high blood pressure and heart attack.
Fortunately, research also indicates that treating gum disease can improve heart health, as lessening inflammation in the gums reduces the same side effect in the arteries. And for patients dealing with uncontrolled diabetes, gum disease treatment can also lead to lower blood glucose levels, too.
The conclusion? Protect your teeth and gums with regular brushing and flossing to maintain better heart health -- and don’t wait to seek treatment from Exceptional Dentistry if you suspect you’re dealing with gum disease. Your overall health is at stake.