The Connection Between Oral Health & Heart Health

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It’s no doubt that when you take care of your teeth and gums, you are taking care of your overall health. This also includes your heart health!

Your Oral Health & Heart Health

Bacteria present in the mouth can travel through the body, negatively affecting other body systems and organs, like the heart. For example, bacteria from gum disease can increase inflammation in the body. Patients with chronic gum disease are at an increased risk of heart disease due to inflamed and damaged blood vessels, which impairs bloodflow to your muscles and vital organs.

Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Individuals with poor oral hygiene and poor oral health habits and/or who avoid routine cleanings and checkups are more likely to develop gum disease, as well as other dental problems. We encourage you to visit True Dental so we can evaluate the health of your gums, teeth, and other oral tissues. You may benefit from urgent periodontal treatment if you are experiencing any of the following warning signs:

  • Gums that are swollen, tender, and prone to bleeding
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Dental or gum abscess and pus
  • Discoloration on the teeth or gums
  • Tooth sensitivity and pain

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Whether or not you have gum disease and/or heart issues, it is best to:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes each time
  • Floss every day
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Chew only sugar-free gum
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Regularly visit our office

Visit TrueDental for Comprehensive Dental Care in Odenton, MD!

Our TrueDental dentists are dedicated to providing every patient with exceptional dental care in a comfortable environment. Contact our office to see how our quality care can result in a healthy smile and encourage a healthier heart! We would be delighted to hear from you.

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