The average person probably doesn’t think there’s a connection between poor dental health and heart disease, but some studies show that gum problems, when left untreated, can have an effect on your heart health. This only goes to show that oral health isn’t just about having a nice smile and set of pearly whites—it’s also about ensuring your overall health.
How Does it Happen?
Several studies by dentists and cardiologists have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease.
• Individuals with moderate to severe gum problems are statistically more likely to develop heart disease.
• Oral health can be an indicator of overall health.
• The most common theory of oral-related heart disease states that bacteria that is growing in the gums dislodges, penetrates the bloodstream, lodges in the heart and blood vessels, and aids in the formation a plaque.
Signs of Gum Disease
If you’re worried about your risk for oral-related heart disease, check if you have the following symptoms of gum disease:
• Red and inflamed gums
• Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing.
• Bleeding gums that will not improve with daily brushing and flossing.
• Gums that feel detached from the teeth
• Stubborn bad breath
• Loose or separating teeth
Are You at Risk?
One reason why poor oral health and gum disease are so strongly connected is because they share several risk factors such as: smoking, poor diet, diabetes etc. As such, it’s not surprising to be struggling with both problems. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of developing gum disease with these simple preventative steps.
– Brush twice daily
– Floss daily
– Visit a dentist twice a year or as recommended by your dentist
– See your dentist when you suspect gum disease
At Cosmo Dental Centre, our dentists can help formulate a dental plan to prevent or treat gum disease and keep your gums and teeth healthly. Contact us now for a consult!