Dental Health and Your Heart
Did you know that maintaining good dental health could save you from heart disease? While some people think it time consuming to brush and floss daily, or costly to visit their general dentist regularly, these preventative oral hygiene habits affect more than your teeth. Research has found that periodontal disease (gum disease) can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. The American Academy of Periodontology states, “Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.”
Regular visits to your general dentist (about twice a year) ensure the early detection of periodontal disease. Sometimes a general dentist can detect the beginnings of gum disease when it is not visibly obvious to you. While periodontal disease can easily be turned around in its early stages (gingivitis), it is much more difficult to treat once it has progressed beyond a certain point. In the beginning, periodontal disease manifests itself in red, swollen, or bleeding gums as plaque builds around your teeth. If you do not visit your general dentist soon to be treated, bacteria begins to enter the blood stream, creating inflammation and contributing to blood clotting in other parts of the body.
As your general dentist will tell you, preventative care is much less expensive than restorative dental work. By brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your general dentist every six months, you can keep your mouth and heart healthy and strong.
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