How Good Dental Care Can Improve Heart Health
By Eugene D. Stanislaus on May 28, 2015
At Brooklyn Heights Dental, we offer the latest in advanced restorative dentistry procedures as well as cosmetic dentistry care, but we also put a lot of stock into preventative dentistry. By preventing problems and keeping your smile healthy, you can avoid a number of serious issues down the road.
Your dental health and your general wellness are more linked that you may think. Minor dental problems such as chronic bad breath may actually be the sign or symptom of a major health issue. In other instances, cases of persistent dry mouth may actually be the first warning sign of oral cancer or a major systemic disease. This is why it's good to be healthy overall.
The Link Between Periodontal Health and Heart Disease
A number of studies over the last few years have shown a link between gum disease and heart disease. One bit of research from the American Academy of Periodontology suggested that people who experience gum disease are approximately twice as likely to suffer from heart disease or some other kind of cardiovascular health problems later in life. This is an important cause of concern for many people who may be at risk of developing heart disease for other reasons.
Trying to Understand This Correlation
Researches are still trying to identify the exact reason for this correlation between heart disease and periodontal disease. There has been some suggestion that the oral bacteria that causes gum disease may also be responsible for increased risk of strike, heart attack, and atherosclerosis.
As the research continues to be done, we'll keep readers of this blog up to date with new findings and information about this important topic.
Does periodontal disease mean heart disease is likely?
Gum disease has a number of different causes, and just because you have gingivitis doesn't mean you should fear for the health of your heart.
That said, there is plenty that you can do to ensure that you have a healthy and beautiful smile and that your heart is healthy well into your golden years.
Helpful Tips for Good Oral Hygiene and Dental Health
In order to keep your smile healthy, consider the following tips:
- Quit smoking/using tobacco products
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth every night (ideally after every meal)
- Drink water to remain hydrated
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Helpful Tips for Lasting General Wellness
To keep your heart healthy and to feel great overall, consider the following tips:
- Quit smoking/using tobacco products (yes, it's worth repeating)
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Drink water to remain hydrated (yes, it's worth repeating as well)
- Visit your doctor for regular checkups
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment
For more information about improving your general dental health and wellness, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here at Brooklyn Heights Dental looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve excellent dental health.
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