When you think of your heart, most wouldn't suspect that poor oral care could affect it. Many are shocked when they learn the bacteria growing in their mouths has links to Alzheimer's, cardiovascular problems, and heart disease. Many of today's bodily ailments show links to oral health issues.
Heart Disease and Gum Disease
One of these is usually linked to the other. Gum disease has been shown to be associated with increasing your risk of developing heart disease. Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in your bloodstream, which in turn, affects your heart's valves. If you have artificial heart valves, your dental care is extremely important.
Studies have linked tooth loss patterns to coronary artery disease. The following theory will give you more motivation to step up your oral health care. With more research linking your dental health to physical health. It's safe to assume brushing and flossing protects the body as well as the mouth.
What Links Them Together?
The main theory that more research is being performed to confirm is the bacteria that infect the gums and cause gingivitis and periodontist is responsible for spreading throughout the body. It can be inhaled through the lungs, but also travel to blood vessels elsewhere in the body where they cause blood vessel inflammation and damage.
They can form into tiny blood clots, causing a heart attack and stroke may follow. Supporting this idea is the finding of remnants of oral bacteria within atherosclerotic blood vessels far from the mouth. They find a form of plaque in the blood vessels, but it varies in comparison to dental plaque.
Although the research hasn't concluded concretely the link between oral care and heart health. There seems to be a link which in and of itself is a reason to spend some extra time on your oral health care routine.
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