Help your heart by taking great care of your teeth!
Did you know that by just taking good care of your oral health you could be helping your heart? Brushing, flossing, and dental visits give a boost with a healthy, natural smile free of gingivitis and periodontitis.
While the data is not certain of a direct link between the two, hardening of the arteries and gum disease have inflammation in common.
Here is what we know about gum disease and your heart:
*Gum disease, when by itself, can be a risk factor for coronary artery disease.
*Gum disease is a major risk factor when it comes to diseases of the arteries and blood vessels that carry oxygen to the brain. This can be a factor in the cause of strokes.
*There may be a direct link between the health of your gums and clogged arteries in the legs.
*The bacteria that is found with gum disease is the same bacteria found in blood vessels with atherosclerosis.
*When you have inflammation, such as with gum disease, your body increases the levels of C-reactive protein, also called CRP. An increase in CRP is considered to be one of the risk factors for a heart attack.
So what does this all mean for you?
If you have moderate to severe gum disease, it’s a good idea to get your heart checked out by your physician.
A great way to show support during American Heart Month is to make an appointment to have your heart checked. And, be sure to make an appointment with us.
Don’t take the health of your heart lightly.
Dr. Mike Mavrostomos is passionate and top-quality comprehensive care dentist located in Bedminster, NJ whose continual pursuit of education and state-of-the-art dentistry has led to his being recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists by the New Jersey Top-Docs committee.