The Surprising Connection between Oral Health and Heart Health

February 11, 2014

oral health and heart healthValentine’s Day is almost here. That makes now the perfect time to talk about the connection between oral health and heart health. Many don’t even know a connection exists, but according to existing data it does.

Gum disease begins when bacteria and plaque accumulate around the gum line, irritating your mouth’s soft tissues and causing bleeding, swelling, sensitivity, and other symptoms. If not treated, pockets will develop between the teeth and gums, giving bacteria and plaque access to your bloodstream. From there, it’s easy for them to gain access to the heart, where they can contribute to clotting and even heart attacks.

Other health problems connected to gum disease include:

  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Pre-term Birth

How can you protect yourself from developing health issues related to gum disease? First, make sure that you’re brushing and flossing on a regular basis. A good homecare routine includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and gargling with an antibacterial mouthwash.

The second thing you can do is visit Gentle Dental Care in Tyler twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Checkups give Dr. Gerber a chance to look for signs of gum disease. Cleanings, meanwhile, will let us remove bacteria and plaque that you couldn’t take care of with your brushing and flossing routine.

Call Gentle Dental Care today if you want to schedule an appointment, or if you have questions about the connection between your oral health and your heart health. We offer great dental care to patients from Tyler, Whitehouse, Bullard, Lindale, Flint, and nearby communities.

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