The Link Between Gum Disease And Heart Disease
Most people know that poor hygiene can lead to cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. But did you know that neglecting your brushing and flossing routine can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke? Poor dental hygiene causes gum disease, which can lead to other problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even dementia. One of the most common warning signs of gum disease is inflammation.
Gingivitis, a condition in which your gums become inflamed, occurs when there is a buildup of plague on your teeth. Swollen, tender gums that bleed easily are a sign of gingivitis. Not treated properly, this condition can escalate to periodontitis. When this happens, the gum tissue begins to pull away from the gumline, attack the bone, and enters the bloodstream. Any bacteria that slip into your bloodstream through the network of blood vessels in your mouth can be carried to our heart. The bacteria can cause inflammation and arterial plaque, which restricts the amount of blood that is able to flow to your heart and puts you at higher risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Once you develop periodontitis, no amount of brushing and flossing will be sufficient, and a professional cleaning at a dentist’s office is necessary. The best defense against gum disease is a proper brushing and flossing routine. If your gum problems persist, speak to your dentist as soon as you can. Periodontitis is treatable through deep cleaning and antibiotics. You will immediately feel better, and you will lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Dr. Alborzi recommends floss once a day to keep the doctor away!