My team and I not only care about the health of your mouth, but also about your overall well-being. But you might be surprised to find out that your oral health can affect your heart health.
Bacteria in the mouth is the culprit link to heart disease. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of harmful bacteria. This bacterium settles in your gums and can eventually spread to the blood stream. When it reaches the heart, it attaches to damaged areas and causes inflammation. This can put you at higher risk for endocarditis (infection of the inner lining) atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and stroke.
What puts you at greater risk?
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Untreated plaque build-up
- Poor oral hygiene regimen
- Chronic gingivitis
What to look for?
- Signs of infection around the gums and teeth (e.g. pus)
- Gums appear to be separating from the teeth
- A tooth or teeth feels loose
- Red, swollen and sore gums
- Bleeding gums when eating, brushing and flossing
Maintaining a good oral health routine is of the utmost importance. Help prevent periodontal disease by following these habits:
- Brush your teeth twice daily
- Floss daily
- Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash
- Schedule routine check ups
Be sure to visit your dentist at least every 6 months, or sooner if prescribed, for a professional dental cleaning and check-up. At this time, your dentist will check for signs of gum disease and provide treatment and care to keep your mouth happy and healthy.
To schedule an appointment, please call us at 312.943.6444 or contact us online.