Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease, but the good news is that heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. It’s National Heart Month, and as dentists and health professionals we want to help create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
Studies show a correlation between gum disease and heart disease.
Your dentist has likely told you about the dangers of periodontitis (gum disease) – a condition caused by a build-up of plaque in your mouth. According to The Journal of Immunology Research, people with moderate to advanced gum disease are 25 to 50 percent more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums. That’s because those with periodontitis also have risk factors for atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels that can lead to heart attacks and stroke.
When the body experiences inflammation (even in the gums), a protein is created that is a known factor in heart disease. If you’ve got inflamed gums from gingivitis and periodontitis, your body will produce this protein.
If you care about your heart, take care of your teeth.
The best way to ensure a healthy smile is by brushing and flossing at least two times per day. And don’t forget regular dental check-ups and routine care. If you think you might be suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis, be sure to discuss with your regular doctor about your risk for heart disease.
About Dr. Hylan
Dr. Brad Hylan has a remarkable zest for life, and is the first to admit that he loves a good adventure and is always willing to try new things. As a dentist, his mission is to make a difference in his patient’s lives, their overall health and of course… their smiles!