The Connection Between a Healthy Heart and a Healthy Mouth
We talk a lot about oral health at our dental clinic, but we want you to know it’s so much more than just nice teeth and white smiles.
Many people live with gum diseases that go unnoticed because they do not present as an immediate detriment or are rarely picked up by visits to the doctor.
However, your oral health can contribute directly to your physical health, especially heart conditions which is caused by particular bacteria strains called Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococci.
Why are the gums and heart related?
The mouth is one of the first points of contact with outside elements and is susceptible to bacteria. An infection called Infective Endocarditis occurs when bacteria, often found in the mouth, enters the bloodstream.
The bacteria, mainly Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococci can attach to the heart and cause inflammations, infections, clogged arteries, and even strokes.
Patients with chronic gum conditions like gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease have the highest risk for heart disease caused by poor oral health, especially if it remains undiagnosed and unmanaged.
Proactive and Preventive Measures
The best ways to protect yourself against gum diseases are practicing good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and mouthwashes, together are proven to keep gum problems and bacteria at bay.
Being proactive about your oral health will save you a lot of time and money in the long run, and ensures you go about your day with a clean and healthy smile.
If you’re unsure about your oral health or need more advice you can always stop by TAG Dental Clinic for a consultation and our dentists will be happy to perform a checkup and assist you with anything you need.