Heart Disease and Dental Health
Did you know there’s an important connection between dental health and heart health?
Studies have shown not only that people with moderate or advanced gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums, but also that gum disease can provide early warning signs for serious health conditions — including heart disease.
Research tells us that the bacteria from infected gums can come loose, enter the bloodstream and attach to blood vessels. When bacteria attach to blood vessels, blood flow to the heart decreases, which in turn increases blood pressure and the risk of a heart attack.
Gum disease can, on the other hand, serve as an early warning sign of heart disease, especially in patients who have a history of heart problems. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), dentists can examine patients for signs of pain, inflammation, and infection.
Once diagnosed, careful treatment of both tooth and gum disease can lead to a decrease in blood pressure medications and improved health. The take-home? Regular dental check-ups and home care are great ways to boost your health and prevent disease. Let Suburban Essex Dental help you protect your dental health – and your heart!