The Connection between your Teeth and Your Heart

An apple a day can keep the doctor away. But can keeping your oral health in its prime keeps away heart disease and other dangerous health issues? 
Your body is a very mysterious thing. Even with how advanced science is today and how much we already know about the human body, there is still so much left that we don’t know or understand. Our bodies are connected in ways that we are just starting to understand. Did you know that there are many important reasons why you need to keep your teeth healthy and clean beyond the benefits of oral health? It has come to the attention of many that good oral health is actually connected to your heart health. Keeping your teeth in good standing can lead to the prevention of many dangerous heart conditions. Letting your teeth go can raise the risk of many painful and scary things.
  • If you allow gum infection to occur due to poor oral hygiene, you could be facing many uncomfortable and pretty serious side effects. One, in particular, is that your gums could bleed very seriously and often. This bleeding can cause a rare but very dangerous condition called endocarditis. This condition leads to bacteria growing in the inner lining of the heart, preventing the heart valves from working properly. This can quickly turn into a very heightened risk for heart attack.
  • A recent study has linked gum disease with one of the causes of high blood pressure. The side effects of gum diseases can interfere with many medications that are used to treat hypertension.
  • If you let a cavity go untreated, besides being very smelly, painful, and not very attractive to look at, it can also cause a gap below the gum line where bacteria can grow unnoticed. The gap can allow the bacteria to travel into your bloodstream and travel right into your heart’s arteries. This bacteria can harden inside of the heart’s arteries, causing a condition called atherosclerosis. This causes plaque to grow on the walls of the heart’s arteries, causing the flow of blood in and out of your to become restricted. This can lead to the development of heart disease.
  • Issues like cavities and unrelated tooth decay can lead to periodontal disease. The inflammation caused by periodontal disease can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, according to the journal of the American Heart Association.
  • Even though this isn’t heart-related, it is still health-related in a very scary way. There was a recent study published that stated that gum disease could not only affect your heart, it could also affect your mental health as well. In this study, those who had serious gum inflammation were more likely to score lower on a cognitive test. This test and study states that there is not only a link to poor oral health to poor heart health. Poor oral health could also lead to a higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Making your oral health a top priority, visiting our offices regularly, and taking steps to stay healthy is an incredibly low risk, easy, and inexpensive way to keep you and your heart healthy. It’s a no brainer decision to keep your teeth clean when facing possible outcomes like heart diseases and heart attack. All you need to do is spend two minutes twice a day brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing properly. This easy four minutes can save you from cavities and could eventually save your life! We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday, and we look forward to seeing you at your next appointment in 2020!

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Monday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Our Location: 100 Harth Place, Summerville, SC 29485

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Our after-hours telephone number is 843.873.7326 If you have a dental emergency, please call our after-hours telephone number and follow the instructions on our out-going message. Please note that medications will only be prescribed for patients who have recently been seen in our office. Recommendations for care for certain emergency situations, such as what to do if your tooth is knocked out, are available on our website. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.

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