Good Oral Hygiene and Your Heart
Most people wouldn’t assume that your heart and smile are connected. Sometimes the heart feels so happy that the emotion overflows onto the face and breaks out into a smile. Your smile is also connected to your heart medically, though. An unhealthy smile may indicate potential heart problems. According to the California Dental Association, good dental hygiene may help keep your heart healthier.
Although there is no proven cause-and-effect between dental and heart health, several studies have linked the two. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, appears to increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and other potentially serious or deadly health issues. About 715,000 people suffer from heart attacks every year and nearly that many die from heart disease annually. Almost half of people over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease.
Your mouth can be a good indicator of your overall health. If your gums are bleeding, seem to be pulling away from teeth or look red and inflamed, you may be suffering from gum disease. Treating it can reduce the risk of permanent gum and tissue damage, and may help protect your heart, as well.
Preventing gum disease requires nothing more than good dental habits. If you are a smoker, quitting may be the best thing you can do for your gums and your heart. Eat a balanced diet and exercise frequently. Brush after meals, or at least twice a day and floss regularly. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit us every six months for a checkup and cleaning for greater prevention. Let us know about any symptoms you have noticed or any new health issues that may arise. If you have a family history of gum disease, you may need more frequent monitoring. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next dental exam.