Does Dental Health Really Affect My Heart?
Brushing and flossing may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of cardiovascular disease prevention, but recent research suggests that people who suffer from severe gum disease are almost twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Bacteria known to cause some forms of heart disease are the same as those that cause gum disease. Oral bacteria can travel from the mouth, through your blood stream, and into vital organs, including your heart.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the United States, accounting for nearly 29% of all deaths. Risk factors include age, diabetes, obesity and family history, and the most effective prevention strategies usually involve lifestyle changes.
Reducing bacteria in our mouths is a simple habit we can develop to make sure our heart health is not affected by our oral health. Preventing gum disease by brushing and flossing twice a day, as well as scheduling regular cleanings could help prevent cardiovascular disease.
As you take steps to improve your cardiovascular health, don’t forget to include oral health every step of the way.