The more we learn about oral health, the more we know it is closely linked with overall health, and especially with heart health. When you brush and floss your teeth regularly, it can help to protect your heart.
Over the past few years, research has discovered several links between heart health and dental health. We know that people who develop gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums, have nearly twice the risk of developing some form of heart disease. Although we don’t yet know the exact connection, there is a good reason why the two may well be linked. That association is oral bacteria.
Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth removes many harmful bacteria, but if you fail to look after your teeth, these bacteria quickly build up in the form of a sticky layer of dental plaque. The bacteria in dental plaque produce acid and toxins that infect and inflame your gums, creating gum disease and which can eventually cause your gums to bleed. As your gums bleed, these bacteria can move easily into your bloodstream, creating more information in your blood vessels. These bacteria can increase the risk for heart disease by creating plaque buildup or clots in your arteries that can interfere with blood flow to the heart.
The good news is that gum disease is entirely preventable with proper oral care, including regular checkups and cleanings with us here at Woombye Dental.