Do you know about the link between heart disease and gum disease? They’re connected by oral bacteria!
Your oral health and heart health are more connected than you’d think!
Oral bacteria and other germs spread through your bloodstream from your mouth to other parts of your body. When the bacteria reach the heart, they can attach and cause inflammation. This inflammation causes illnesses and infections. Oral bacteria has been linked to endocarditis, atherosclerosis and stroke by the American Heart Association. Delta Dental also reports that individuals with moderate or advanced gum disease have a greater risk of developing heart disease.
How can I prevent the spread of oral bacteria?
Daily brushing, flossing and check-ups are excellent ways to prevent the spread of oral bacteria. You can also utilize antibacterial mouthwash to provide additional protection. Your diet is another factor that impacts your oral bacteria – avoiding sugary and starchy foods can decrease the bacterial growth in your mouth.
Regular dental check-ups are essential in preventing the spread of oral bacteria and monitoring your oral health. Professional dental care removes bacteria, decay and other germs that home care is unable to. Your dentist will also screen for symptoms and signs of systemic diseases. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, over 90% of systemic diseases produce oral signs. These early warning signs can prevent the development of serious diseases, as well as save time and money.
Am I at risk for damaged cardiovascular health?
What are the symptoms & warning signs?
Gum disease is caused when bacteria in plaque builds up between your gums and teeth, causing the gums to become inflamed. There are often no signs of the disease until it reaches an advanced stage. As a result, millions of people are unaware that they have gum disease. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last six months or are experiencing any signs any of the following symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment today!
Here are some gum disease warning signs, according to the American Association of Periodontology:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Gum bleeding when you eat, brush or floss
- Pus or other signs of infection around gums or teeth
- Frequent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Teeth feel loose
- Gums look like they’re “pulling away” from teeth
How do I prevent gum disease & protect cardiovascular health?
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush
- Visit your dentist twice annually for professional cleanings and examinations
- Floss daily
- Use an ADA-accepted toothpaste and antibacterial mouthwash
When Was Your Last Check-up?
If it’s been more than six months since you’ve been to the dentist, schedule your next appointment today! We’ll get you examined and ensure you’re in good dental health, as well as help you with any potential issues you may be experiencing.
No Dental Insurance? No Problem!
At Rebol Family Dentistry, we want dental care to be accessible to everyone – dental insurance or not. For this reason, we’ve developed Dental Maintenance Plans. Our Maintenance Plans make it easy for Asheville residents to protect and improve their dental health! Unlike dental insurance, there are no yearly maximums, deductibles, pre-existing condition limitations, waiting periods or pre-authorization requirements.
With an easy monthly or yearly payment, your membership includes 2 routine cleanings and exams with necessary x-rays, 2 fluoride treatments, 1 emergency exam and more! Learn more about our Dental Maintenance Plans here.