Moffitt Restorative Dentistry

The Dental Link to Heart Disease and Stroke

Jul 26 2011

We continue to stress the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth.  Have you ever wondered exactly how your oral hygiene relates to your overall health? 

Evidence shows that bacteria in our mouths between the gum and tooth can enter the bloodstream, potentially attaching to blood vessels. This can increase the risk for heart disease, artery blockage and stroke.  Studies suggest that chronic inflammation can lead to dysfunction of the infected tissues, and severe health complications. Regardless, whether you have gum disease or heart disease, researchers today believe that having one may increase your risk for developing the other.

What can you do: Prevention is the key to maintaining good oral health and avoiding the risk of gum disease and other potential systemic conditions. Some suggestions for regular preventative care:
*Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
*Schedule regular dental cleanings with Tammy and Elaine and check-ups with Dr. Moffitt. Routine dental visits (twice a year) can detect early signs of gum disease and provide early treatment options.
*Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks that may contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. (Decrease juice and soda intake).
*Tell Dr. Moffitt about any changes in your health.
*If you smoke, seek help with reducing or quitting, smoking can worsen gum problems.
*If you are pregnant, pay particular attention to your oral hygiene. Hormonal changes can exaggerate some dental problems.

Left untreated, gum disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but can increase your risk for other diseases linked to inflammation, including cardiovascular disease. 

We look forward to helping you maintain your optimum health – routine appointments, brush, floss, smile.

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