Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
Take Care of Your Teeth

Valentine’s day is a wonderful way to share your heart with someone special. It’s also a good reminder to take care of something your Valentine will appreciate: Your heart.

Since February is  “American Heart month” now is the perfect time to give the health of your heart a little more attention; especially, since heart disease is still the #1 cause of death of adults in our country – COVID was a distant #3. If that wasn’t enough, one person dies from heart disease every 36 seconds, and it kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

Your Mouth Keeps Your Heart Healthy Fortunately, there are many ways you can improve the health of your heart. And some of these (surprise!) involve taking better care of your teeth and gums. Poor oral hygiene and oral health can also be bad for your heart.

So, maybe now is the time to give your heart a little more love. It can start with your teeth.  Be mindful of some of the ways your oral health & hygiene can increase your risk for heart disease.

4 Ways Poor Oral Health & Hygiene Harm Your Heart

  1. Not Brushing Correctly or Regularly – Brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes, and brushing correctly, can help reduce your risk of heart disease. A recent study found that people who brushed less than twice a day, and under 2 minutes, were three times at risk for heart disease. Are you brushing correctly? Use a soft bristle brush, place it at a 45 degree angle, aimed at the gum line, and gently brush in short, circular motions…for at least 2 minutes. Tip: Don’t forget to stay on top of flossing. Here are some tips to master the art of flossing!
  2. Getting Gum Disease – 85% of Americans have some form of gum disease, aka periodontitis. And one study found that healthy people with gum disease were two to three times more likely to have a heart attack, or stroke. So, what is gum disease? When your gums become inflamed from a bacterial infection that comes from plaque, that sticky stuff that forms on your teeth, that’s it. The more serious symptoms may include red, swollen gums that bleed when you eat, brush or floss. When gum disease is too advanced, it can lead to loose teeth, and tooth loss. Fortunately, your friendly Burien dentist can help you. Even moderate to severe gum disease is treatable, and if you have it, we’ll provide the proper treatment based on your situation.
  3. Tooth Loss Can Increase Your RiskRecent studies show that adults who have lost teeth because of non-traumatic reasons may have a higher risk for developing heart disease. According to a study, people with one to five missing teeth were more likely to develop some form of heart disease. A study from the European Society of Cardiology showed there was a moderate correlation between tooth loss and coronary heart disease. Again, gum disease could be a common denominator, as this disease, when untreated, contributes to a greater risk of tooth loss. Another possible association could be the dietary restrictions, and the Taking good care of your teeth, will help keep your gums healthy…which may help you maintain a healthy heart. It’s just another good reason to be vigilant about your oral health.
  4. Skipping Teeth Cleanings Visiting your dental hygienist can also improve your matters of the heart. A study showed that people who have their teeth professionally cleaned were 24% less likely to suffer a heart attack. A most likely factor is that teeth cleanings can help reduce, or manage chronic inflammation that’s linked to gum disease…which is linked to heart disease. Here are 6 ways your routine Teeth Cleanings benefit you!

So it does seem that what’s good for your mouth is also good for your heart. New studies and research continue to confirm this. Heart disease is serious, but there are some easy things to reduce your risk for getting it. Taking good care of your oral health will help you keep your heart healthy so that you can enjoy many more Valentines to come.

Correctly brushing and flossing your teeth every day can help prevent and even reverse early stage gum disease. And if you’re not sure about your brushing and flossing techniques, please ask us to demonstrate when you come in next! We’d be happy to. And don’t forget to not miss your twice-yearly cleanings and dental check-ups too.

If you believe you have gum disease, please call us at (206) 242-0066 to schedule an exam and consultation, or request your appointment online. We’ll review the health of your gums and, based on the level of your gum disease, we’ll help you develop a treatment plan to eliminate it, or help you effectively manage it.

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