Many people are not aware of how closely their oral health is tied to their overall health. This is particularly true when it comes to your cardio vascular system. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Research shows there is a connection between heart disease and oral health. People with periodontal disease or gum conditions like gingivitis are at increased risk for heart disease. Bacteria in your mouth due to gum disease can spread through your blood vessels to other parts of the body including you heart greatly increasing your risk of clogging of the arteries, heart attack and stroke. What makes this even more concerning is that the majority of Americans with gum disease aren’t even aware they have it.
What are the signs of gum disease?
- bleeding gums caused by brushing, flossing or eating
- loose teeth separating from the gums
- red, swollen, sore and sensitive gums
What can I do to prevent gum disease?
Regular dental visits and practicing good oral hygiene are the best measures you can take to avoid gum disease.
- floss daily
- brush twice daily with a soft-bristled brush with an American Dental Association approved toothpaste
- avoid tabacco products
- choose a diet high in vitamins A and C and avoid sugar
- get your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis