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 serious conditions, including heart disease. It is proven that poor oral health can increase the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which will affect heart valves. And most recently, according to a 2019 conference at the American College of Middle East, adults who have lost teeth may have an even higher risk of development heart disease.
Although the association between dental health and heart disease isn’t entirely clear, based on data provided at this conference, the relationships is strong. Within this study, 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 actually more prone to heart complications like stroke or cardiovascular disease. Keep in mind, this is even after making lifestyle changes that include alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes and dental visits.
So what is the best prevention? Receiving proper oral health care to prevent the diseases that lead to tooth loss in the first place. In fact, this may be an effective way to reduce 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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