Are you making assumptions about tooth and mouth care? Many people assume that oral health begins and ends in your mouth.
If you thought this, technically, you’re right. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash will definitely help keep your teeth and gums in good shape, heading off potential cavities, root canals and lots of other things you don’t want to deal with. But it turns out, good oral health extends well beyond your mouth.
This may surprise you….
Research has shown that the state of your mouth has a direct correlation to the state of your heart. People who develop gum disease – whether gingivitis or periodontitis – are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease. If that isn’t enough motivation to take good care of your teeth, what is?
Are you one of those folks who only have a vague idea of what gingivitis and periodontitis are? You’ve heard about them but would like to know more?
- Gingivitis is a gum disease that results in inflammation and infection of the gums.
- Periodontitis involves inflammation and infection that spreads below the gum line.
Neither sounds like much fun. But let’s get to the HEART of the matter.
Peter M. Spalding, an associate professor in the department of growth and development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, said the underlying connection between gum disease and cardiovascular disease is inflammation. Gum disease, he said, causes your gums to bleed. And that allows bacteria to move into your bloodstream, setting up an inflammatory process in the blood vessels.
How Do You Know You Have Gum Disease?
There are several warning signs that you might have gum disease. They include bleeding gums (duh), a sour taste in your mouth, loose or sensitive teeth, chronic bad breath and pain when you’re chewing food.
If you have some of these symptoms, hope is not lost. Gum disease can be treated by a deep cleaning at your dentist, with medication – or in more serious cases, with surgery. So take whatever steps are needed to mitigate the problem.
You just might prevent heart problems down the road!
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