Every aspect of your body is connected in one way or another. Your oral health is no different. When your oral health suffers, it won’t just result in tooth loss, it can also affect your overall health including your heart. At Contemporary Dentistry, we don’t just want to help our patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile, we want your whole body to reap the benefits. Learn what can happen to your heart if you neglect your oral health and how good oral hygiene will protect your heart.
What Happens To Your Heart When You Have Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection in your gums. When you have gum disease, the bacteria in your gums can easily enter the bloodstream and travel throughout your body to your coronary arteries. The bacteria then trigger your body’s immune response which sends cells to the damaged areas to try and repair them. During this state of inflammation caused by your immune system, cholesterol deposits more easily collect along the coronary arteries which as a result, narrows them.
As your arteries narrow, the risk of a blood clot increases significantly. If a blood clot does occur, it can result in a stroke or heart attack. Overall, gum disease increases your risk of heart disease when it goes untreated. The best way to reduce your risk of heart disease associated with gum disease is to take measures to prevent gum disease and to also know the warning signs of gum disease so you can get treatment as soon as possible before damage can occur.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Knowing the symptoms of gum disease can help you get treatment as soon as possible and therefore reduce your risk of heart disease and the damage that can potentially occur to your arteries. These symptoms include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing, flossing or eating
- Pus or other signs of infection near the gum line
- Receding gums
- Frequent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
If you notice any of the above symptoms, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment by calling (585) 244-3337.
How To Protect Your Heart with Good Oral Hygiene
The key to protecting your heart from the dangers of gum disease is good oral hygiene! These simple steps can help you maintain good oral hygiene and prevent gum disease.