There’s nothing quite like a confident bright smile, and a healthy mouth to go along with it. Good oral health does more than ensure you have healthy teeth and gums. For decades now, research results have been demonstrating that there is a direct correlation between periodontal disease and heart conditions.
Better oral care could see an improvement in the rates of heart disease seen, but what’s the link between the two? At Welleby Family Dental, in Sunrise, FL, Dr. Zaileen Juma will be able to help answer all of your questions, while ensuring that your risks for periodontal disease are minimal.
The Link between Periodontal Disease and Heart Conditions
When you are suffering with periodontal disease you are most often living with inflammation, infection, and swelling. This type of inflammation in other parts of your body can result in hardened arteries; also known as atherosclerosis. Hardened arteries can increase your risk for blood clots, stroke, and heart attack.
With gum disease, known as periodontitis, comes swollen sore gums that contain pockets of infection all around the affected tooth. This infection is where the greatest risk to the heart comes from. This type of infection is most often below the gum line. Healthy gums are full of little blood vessels. If there are any types of sores or infections in your gums it’s going to be very easy for the bacteria to make it into your bloodstream.
Once in your bloodstream, the bacteria will have free reign in your body, and can kick inflammation off anywhere in your body. Inflammation is one of the culprits behind artery and blood vessel damage.
Another concern is that the types of bacterial infections most often seen in periodontal disease tend to spread to the heart, and are also often to blame for some types of stroke.
Prevention of Periodontal Disease and Heart Conditions
While it is true that the bacteria resulting from gum disease will play a role in your overall heart health, you can’t ignore the genetic and lifestyle factors.
Smoking is one of the risk factors for periodontal disease, and has also been linked to heart disease and stroke. The same holds true for poor eating and exercise habits, which may lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is also linked to periodontal disease, and also heart disease.
To keep your mouth and body healthy it’s important to keep up with your dental checkups with Dr. Zaileen Juma in her Sunrise, FL dental offices. Dr. Juma and her team of dental professionals will provide you with top quality care to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as can be.
Brushing, flossing, good eating and drinking habits. All of these are great ways to keep your smile radiant, and your heart healthy.