As you know, good oral health is linked to good overall health. Poor oral health is connected to many diseases and illnesses. It is important to not let your oral health issues go untreated. One of the main diseases that oral health is connected to is heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. It’s estimated that 1 in every 4 deaths is due to heart disease. Periodontal disease affects nearly 50% of individuals with over 70% prevalence in adults age 65 and older. So how are these 2 very common diseases related?
While there is no proven study that shows poor oral health causes heart disease, there are a ton of studies that show a very strong correlation between them. Your mouth is full of bacteria. More than 100-200+ different types of bacteria are in your mouth. But, you have to remember that some bacteria is helpful. It is the bacteria that cause diseases that you need to focus on. These harmful bacteria have been found in blood vessels causing inflammation, just as they do in our gums.
When you suffer from gingivitis or periodontal disease, your body reacts with its usual inflammatory response, which is why you may notice bleeding or swelling in your gums. But, this doesn’t only occur in your mouth. It is spread throughout your body through your blood vessels. When your vessels become inflamed, it can cause vascular damage which can affect your heart.
If you are a smoker, this part is important for you. Smoking is linked to poor oral health as well as heart disease. As a smoker, you are at a higher risk for both periodontal disease and heart disease. That is why it is important to try to quit smoking to decrease your risk for heart disease. We can help you! We can create a preventive treatment plan to your specific needs. The best thing you can do is to try your best to improve your oral health. Schedule your appointment with AquaSprings Dental today, and let us help you get on track to good oral health.