Saratoga Springs: Does Your Oral Health Put Your Heart at Risk?
At our office, our Saratoga Springs Dentist and team not only care about your dental health but we also care about your total wellness. Your overall wellness includes the health of your heart. Most people do not realize the close connection between the heart and mouth.
Extensive studies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that heart disease is the number one life threatening disease. Gum disease and heart disease are inflammatory diseases. This may explain why heart disease and gum disease can occur at the same time.
The cause of periodontal disease (gum) is from plaque build up, which causes gum tissue inflammation. This build up of plaque creates pockets of harmful bacteria that settles into your gums and can eventually settle into your bloodstream. The mouth serves as a direct passageway to your body’s bloodstream. The same bacterium that causes gum disease has been found in heart arteries. Gum disease is powerful enough to thicken and attack the carotid arteries in your heart. When you are treated for gum disease from your dentist in Saratoga Springs NY, it not only reduces inflammation in your gums but also decreases inflammation throughout your whole body to lower the risk of heart complications.
With your dentist in Saratoga Springs, preventive care is the best care.
When you prevent an advanced oral disease, you are also decreasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Avoiding periodontal disease benefits you and your overall health. Follow these healthy habits to help prevent gum disease:
• Brushing your teeth twice daily
• Flossing daily
• Rinsing with an anti-bacterial mouthwash
• Scheduling routine check ups
Schedule dental visits twice a year for an exam and a professional cleaning.
To schedule an appointment with your Saratoga Springs NY dentist, please give us a call at our convenient Saratoga Springs dentist office.