How Your Oral Health Affects Your Heart Health.
Did you know the condition of your teeth and gums can significantly affect your overall health? Research has shown a strong association between poor dental health and other severe conditions, including heart disease. Poor oral health can increase the risk of a bacterial infection in the bloodstream, which will affect heart valves. And more recently, according to a health conference at the American College of Middle East, adults who have lost teeth may have an even higher risk of developing heart disease.
Although the association between dental health and heart disease isn’t entirely clear, the relationship is strong based on data provided at this conference. Within the studies, 28% of people had cardiovascular disease and were missing teeth, while only 7% had cardiovascular disease but did not have missing teeth. Results also showed that if adults were missing a tooth from a non-traumatic event, they were more prone to heart complications like stroke or cardiovascular disease. This is even after making lifestyle changes that include alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes, and dental visits.
In short, the best prevention is receiving proper oral health care to prevent the diseases that lead to tooth loss in the first place. Further, this may be an effective way to reduce the risk of future cardiovascular disease.
As a reminder, good oral hygiene practice should include:
- Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Use a circular motion, a soft bristle brush, and take time along the gum line.
- Flossing once a day.
- Visiting the dentist regularly for your appropriate cleanings and exams.
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