One Weird Way to Help Fight Heart Disease
As a Plattsburgh dentist office, we often hear the saying, “the stomach is the way to a man’s heart,” but it turns out your teeth and their supporting structure are key to a HEALTHY heart and the fight against heart disease.
Cardiologists and periodontists reviewed over 100 studies and noted the correlation, or link, that exists between gum disease and coronary artery disease. With an estimated 20 to 30 percent of adults with some level of periodontal disease, gum health is an essential part of your overall wellbeing.
While the definitive connection has not yet been detailed, most oral professionals agree that gum disease can affect heart health.
The current theories are that both gum and artery disease are caused by inflammation of the tissue.
Some of the same bacteria associated with both diseases are found in inflamed gums and arteries.
There can be other contributing factors to this link between the two. For instance, someone who takes care of their teeth may also spend more care on other parts of their body. Inversely, smoking contributes to both unhealthy teeth and an unhealthy heart. The studies also correlated that people with fewer teeth and periodontal issues were more likely to have a stroke.
There are essentially two types of gum disease:
1) Gingivitis, and
Gingivitis is the beginning stages of gum disease and in most cases can be treated with a thorough professional teeth cleaning and regular brushing and flossing.
Periodontitis is more severe and may need more rigorous professional interventions with procedures such as scaling and root planing, flap surgery, or gum grafts.
So how do you know if you are at risk for gum disease and possibly the correlated heart disease?
If you identify with any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with us immediately:
- 1. Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
- 2. Sensitive teeth
- 3. Loose teeth
- 4. Receding gums
- 5. Pain while chewing
- 6. Constant bad breath
The good news is that gum disease is not an inevitable part of aging.
By following these simple steps that most have heard of (but not everyone follows), you can keep your mouth and body healthy for years to come:
- Brush regularly – At least twice a day
- Floss consistently – Once a day and any time you feel food stuck between your teeth
- Visit our office regularly – A check-up and cleaning every six months is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth AND healthy body!
Have additional questions about gum disease and it’s impact on the rest of the body, including your heart? Just talk with one of our dentists on your next visit to High Peaks Dental. We’re here to help!
Plattsburgh NY 12901