Did you know that your oral health can directly impact the health of your heart? Research has shown that certain oral conditions such as gum disease can increase your risks of heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and diabetes. At Pristine Periodontics and Implants, Dr. Sayed can educate you on how taking care of your teeth can help lower the risks of these diseases.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an inflammation and infection of the gums caused by plaque and tartar building up around the gumline. If left untreated, the infection gets worse, breaking down the gums and underlying tissue. As gums become inflamed, your body is left vulnerable to bacteria that can spread causing further health problems. The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis, and each is progressively more dangerous to your health.
The Connection Between Your Oral Health and Your Heart
In 2012, the American Dental Association supported research that stated there is a connection between your oral health and your heart. That research stated that those who suffer from gum disease are at a much higher risk for developing heart disease and eventual heart failure. As gum disease progresses into more advanced stages it leaves your body vulnerable to bacteria that can travel through the bloodstream, putting your overall well-being at risk even if you are otherwise healthy.
While brushing and flossing to maintain your oral health can’t decrease the risk of heart disease it can can prevent an increased risk of harmful bacteria damaging your overall health. Regular checkups with our Birmingham dentist can also help identify the early warning signs of gum disease or other health complications. .
Preventing Heart Disease
Maintaining excellent oral health is a great way to protect your overall well-being – and this includes protecting your heart. Additionally, taking care of the rest of your health can help prevent heart disease, keeping you strong and healthy. Maintaining good oral hygiene is just one positive step in preventing heart failure, strokes, and diabetes. Preventing heart disease starts with making healthier lifestyle choices and taking care of your overall well-being. Some ways to prevent heart disease include:
Maintaining a healthy weight
Managing blood pressure
Visit Pristine Periodontics and Implants Today
Gum disease can cause more than just damage to your smile – it can put your health at risk for serious complications. Dr. Sayed provides professional cleanings and exams to help maintain your overall well-being and treat gum disease before it can progress to a more serious stage. Contact our Birmingham dentist today to schedule an appointment!