We all know that poor dental care can lead to problems like cavities and gum disease, but it can also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown links between inflammation in the gums and inflammation in the circulatory system, as well as a stronger risk of heart disease among people who suffer from chronic gum disease.
The Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Although researchers are not completely sure of the connection, many studies have shown that people who experience chronic gum disease are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease are found in the cardiovascular system, causing inflammation. Similar results have been found in people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, indicating that inflammation in the gums can lead to bacteria traveling throughout the body to cause issues that seem like they should be unrelated.
Seeing your dentist regularly for professional teeth cleaning ensures that the plaque and tartar that can build up in your mouth are removed before they can lead to serious problems. If left untreated, gum disease can require invasive surgery such as gum graphs. By taking good care of your teeth and making regular dental visits, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy and reduce your risk of heart disease as well as other chronic problems that have been traced to inflammation.
The Importance of Everyday Dental Hygiene
Brushing and flossing are a vital part of your everyday dental hygiene. You should also maintain a healthy diet and avoid sugary foods. In addition to your daily dental hygiene routine, visits to the dentist are vital. Your dentist can provide a professional teeth cleaning that will remove plaque and tartar. Your dentist will also take X-rays to be sure you don’t have cavities and to check on the health of the tooth roots and your jawbone. While examining your mouth, the dentist will also screen for oral cancers and check the condition of your gums to see if there is any developing inflammation or infection.
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