Surprise! Your Oral Health can affect your heart

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a disease involving the blood vessels and the heart. It represents almost 29 % of all deaths in the United States. Gum disease and heart disease have many similarities, for example, inflammation is common in both cases and can contribute to narrowing coronary arteries and also breaking down the tissue that holds teeth in place. There has been research recently that suggests there is an association with CVD and gum disease. The oral bacteria which accompanies gum disease can enter the bloodstream , Traveling to important organs in the body including the heart.
There has been research found that people with severe gum disease are nearly twice as likely to suffer from some form of CVD. The earliest form of gum disease is called gingivitis and the most severe is periodontal disease. When bacteria infects the mouth, inflammation results as your body’s way to fight the infection.
Preventing gum disease and the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth is done by brushing and flossing twice a day. Also, seeing your dental provider and hygienist on a regular basis (3-6 months depending on your oral needs) Is highly recommended and could be one way to ultimately prevent CVD problems. Here are a few more ways….
Abstain from using tobacco, engage in cardiovascular exercise, have healthier eating habits, and aspirin therapy( speak to your doctor).
Ultimately keeping your mouth healthy can contribute to better body health.