How Your Oral Health Can Affect Your Heart Health - Part 2
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Posted on June 12th, 2021 by Dr. Nikoo Daftary

– How Your Oral Health Can Affect Your Heart Health – Part II

Can Gum Disease or a Tooth Infection Lead to Heart Problems

Can Gum Disease or a Tooth Infection Lead to Heart Problems?

People who have severe periodontal disease or gum issues like gingivitis are at a higher risk for heart disease. This risk can increase if the problem is left untreated. Poor oral hygiene can also create plaque buildup, which gives you a higher risk of gum disease and inflamed blood vessels.

Bacteria and other microorganisms live within the plaque in your mouth. If they’re able to break free and enter your bloodstream, they can elevate your levels of C-reactive protein. This type of protein puts you at higher risk for inflamed blood vessels, heart disease, and stroke, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Can a Tooth Infection Cause Inflammation in the Body?

Many studies indicate that poor oral health is associated with inflammation in the body. This problem starts in the mouth with plaque build-up on your teeth, which can lead to bacteria entering your bloodstream. Then, the body’s immune system kicks in, which ultimately causes inflammation. Unfortunately, inflammation is known to cause a variety of health issues.

Brushing Well

Brushing Well

A recent study suggests that brushing your teeth more than twice a day is associated with a reduced risk of atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and other heart conditions. However, there is not yet enough evidence to recommend teeth brushing as a preventative measure for heart problems. While more studies will be necessary to confirm these findings, it’s promising to see that something as simple as good brushing habits can make a difference in your health.

Dental professionals, like those at the American Dental Association, recommend individuals brush their teeth at least 2 times per day. Just as important as brushing regularly is the way you brush your teeth. You should use a soft-bristle toothbrush that’s able to get into all the areas of your mouth. You should also ensure you move the brush along your gums at a 45-degree angle and that the brush touches all sides of your teeth and gums.

Besides brushing regularly, it’s important to replace your toothbrush often, use high-quality toothpaste, and floss once per day.

Schedule a Visit with our Dentists in Southport or Lakeview

If you’re invested in your health and your family’s health, it’s important to take care of your oral hygiene – it may impact your health more than you realize. Good oral hygiene includes brushing and flossing regularly and scheduling regular dental cleanings every six months. Keeping your teeth and gums clean is the best way to protect your oral health – plus it could protect your heart as well!

For the best dental care in Chicago, IL, and beyond, trust the outstanding dentists at Art of Modern Dental. They provide everything from routine teeth cleanings to root canal treatments and cosmetic dentistry. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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