The Links Between Failing Teeth and Heart Disease
We all know what to do – and what not to do — to prevent heart disease. Don’t overeat salty or fatty foods, exercise, eat your vegetables, and take necessary medications to manage existing conditions. You can also follow the advice of our Columbus dentist and brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day.
Here’s what you need to know about how neglecting your oral health can influence the.
Why Taking Care of Your Teeth Matters
According to WebMD, studies show that regular brushing, a part of any oral care routine, can help to. That’s because germs and bacteria from your mouth can spread throughout the body via the bloodstream.
Here’s how it works: the heart requires its own constant supply of oxygen and nutrients. If one of the two large, branching coronary arteries delivering oxygenated blood to the heart muscle becomes blocked, a portion of the heart is starved of oxygen, a condition called “cardiac ischemia.” If cardiac ischemia lasts too long, the starved heart tissue dies. This is otherwise known as a heart attack.
And one study found that the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, were early indicators of heart disease. So give your heart a break and brush your teeth and floss daily, and stay away from acidic, sugary foods. It’s one of the only ways your mouth can actually talk to your heart — and have it listen.
Symptoms of Gum Disease to Look Out For
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (also called heart disease).
Early stages of gum disease like gingivitis, are reversible with a dedicated oral hygiene routine and professional teeth cleanings every six months. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis which is chronic and long-term. Periodontitis can lead to destroyed gum and bone tissue, severely loose teeth, and even tooth loss.
Warning signs of gum disease can include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Gums that bleed after brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
Make an Appointment with Dr. Gibson
Our dentist in Columbus, OH, wants all patients to understand the consequences poor oral hygiene can have on the health of your heart. After all, oral health is directly related to the health of your entire body so keeping up with regular brushing, flossing, and cleanings, is the least you can do. Call Gibson Dental at (614) 878-9562 to request an appointment.
This blog has been updated.