Watch Your Teeth. Know Your Heart.
One of the leading causes of death in the US is heart disease. You probably already know that.
But have you heard about the connection between oral health and heart health?
There have been numerous studies performed by researchers in the past 10 years to understand why people with chronic gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) have a higher rate of heart disease than people with healthy gums. Some researchers believe that bacteria from your mouth can attack vulnerable, infected gums (caused by periodontal disease) and then move through the blood stream where the culprits can attack heart, arteries and other parts of your circulatory system. Others believe that the reverse is true; that heart disease causes infections of the mouth.
Quite honestly, the jury is still out on which is true.
But what is absolutely clear is that by getting your teeth examined regularly by a reputable dentist, not only can you maintain top-notch oral health. You can also get an early warning for heart disease.
. . . .yet another reason to find a dentist you are comfortable with and visit him or her regularly.