The condition of one part of your body, such as your oral health, can impact the health of your whole body. So, what should you know when it comes to your dental health and your heart health?
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is irritation and infection of the gums often caused by poor oral hygiene. When untreated, it can lead to tooth and bone loss. Additionally, research shows a connection that if you have gum disease your risk of developing heart disease increases.
If you have poor dental health and experience gum disease and/or a tooth infection, you’re more vulnerable to bacterial infections in your bloodstream. Bacteria in your blood can cause your body to launch a dangerous inflammatory response called sepsis that will negatively impact your organs, including your heart valves.
There could be other factors at play besides simply not brushing and flossing your teeth enough. For example, people who smoke are more likely to have poor dental health and heart issues. The chemicals in tobacco suppress your immune system, which ultimately delays and impairs healing in your mouth and throughout your body. There are many free resources available to help you quit tobacco. To start, check out the CDC and QuitAssist.
Scientists still don’t know exactly why and how closely dental health and heart health are connected. While you should take care of your mouth regardless of a connection with your heart health, a possible direct connection is another reason to maintain good oral hygiene and oral health habits!
Dr. Kalbaugh and our team understand how valuable good oral health is for your overall health and well-being. Advanced Dentistry of Nevada, MO provides comprehensive dental services, like routine cleanings and exams, gum disease treatment, cosmetic dentistry, and more in Nevada, MO. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can help improve your dental health!