10 Nov

When You Care For Your Mouth, You Save Your Body, Too

heartYou’ve been taught since a young age that brushing and flossing are important, but you may not realize that your oral hygiene does more than just prevent cavities. As it turns out, caring for your teeth and gums actually keeps your heart safer as well.

The Connection Between Your Mouth and Your Heart

As with most medical discoveries, the exact nature of the relationship between oral health and heart health is still being examined, but experts now confidently state the undeniable connection between poor oral hygiene and higher risk of heart problems.

The gums inside of the mouth are full of blood vessels, and the mouth itself is filled with bacteria. When unhealthy gums become inflamed, the dangerous bacteria in the mouth can seep into the bloodstream and travel anywhere within the body, creating more inflammation as they go. Inflammation is dangerous everywhere in the body, but it can cause extra trouble in the heart, especially if you are already coping with atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis makes it difficult for blood to flow to the heart, leading to a high risk of stroke or heart attack. When the inflammation of atherosclerosis combines with the roaming bacteria caused by poor oral hygiene and gum disease, the results could be deadly.

Eliminate Gum Disease For Lasting Heart Health

The good news is that if you have poor oral health, there’s a few techniques that can help clear the plaque and bacteria out of your mouth to minimize or even eliminate the presence of gum disease.

During root scaling, a dentist numbs the gums and tooth roots using a local anesthesia, then utilizes special ultrasonic tools to remove the hard deposits of plaque and tartar from the teeth above and below the gum line. When used in conjunction with brushing, flossing, and mouth washing twice per day, root scaling and planing can restore gums to their full health once again. Once your oral health is in check, your heart can recover as well.

Dr. Obrochta