Healthy Gums and Heart Disease
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Why Healthy Gums Lead to a Happy Heart

Healthy Gums and Heart Disease

Did you know that healthy gums correspond to your overall health? After many discussions that have transpired in the medical field, there is now evidence that healthy gums have a direct correlation to a person’s general health, especially their heart.

Ever since we were taught about oral health as children, we have been told about how important it is to brush our teeth twice a day, floss, use mouthwash and more daily tactics in order to keep our teeth healthy and white. Although this is all very good to practice, and our teeth are extremely important, we cannot forget the importance of having healthy gums.

Medical professionals, including your local dentist in Ephrata, PA, Dr. David Schlosser, have debated this connection and compiled some very useful information for their patients about gum health and how it affects your vital organs like your heart.

Is Gum Disease Associated with Heart Disease?

Numerous studies have been conducted to demonstrate the strong association between gum disease and many common but severe health conditions. This research indicates that poor gum health leads to issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, dementia, premature births, and other various illnesses. It even suggests a higher risk for certain cancers as a result.

Bacteria in Gums and How it Affects your Heart

Having bacteria in gums can occur over time due to poor gum care and can adversely affect your heart in ways different ways. But how does this happen? Many are aware that not making healthy gums and teeth a priority can result in plaque buildup which can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. What you may not be aware of is how this bacterium can carry on a relatively pain-free process while damaging blood vessels and small capillaries in the delicate gum tissues. The harmful bacteria can then enter the bloodstream and deposit themselves in the coronary arteries surrounding the heart. This can eventually clog these vessels leading to heart attack or stroke.

Inflammation in the body causes harm to your body systems and internal organs over a long period of time. Chemical signals in the body, in response to the chronic inflammation of gum tissue, could increase plaque buildup and play a role in inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, and certain types of cancer.

Gum disease is a risk factor for causing blood sugar to become more unstable. People with gum disease are twice as likely to have coronary issues. Those with diabetes who have gum disease are more likely to worsen over time than those with diabetes but no gum disease. They are also at greater risk for kidney disease.

Bleeding Gums and Other Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are a couple signs that your gum health could be affecting your heart. One of the major signs is bleeding gums.  Bleeding gums occur due to poor oral health care, resulting in gum disease and worse. If you think you are genetically susceptible to gum disease, heart disease or any other the other health risks mentioned earlier, it’s always best to make sure you are striving for healthy gums and that you are not experiencing any of the following symptoms or signs…

  • Bleeding, swollen and tender gums
  • Sensitivity or pain in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gum lines, exposing teeth
  • Loose teeth or tooth decay

Ways to Strengthen Your Gums to Improve Your Overall Health

There are many ways to strengthen your gums to prevent gum disease and fight against its damaging effects on your overall health. People need to be aware that maintaining the health of their mouth has a direct correlation to the well-being of their entire body. The mouth is the beginning of the digestive process. Therefore, it has the utmost importance in sustaining life. Here are some steps to take in strengthening your healthy gums in your daily routine to reduce these risks…

  • Blushing at least twice a day
  • Flossing regularly
  • Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after meals
  • Do not smoke
  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods
  • Regular visits to the dentist

Healthy Gums & Oral Care Professionals: Dental Care of Ephrata

Dr. David Schlosser, your Ephrata dentist is committed to promoting preventive and restorative dental care to all his patients. With proper professional care and regular preventive maintenance appointments, you can limit the chances for more serious health problems and provide a better quality of life. The experienced team at Dental Care of Ephrata is prepared to provide you with the best and most gentle dental care available. Call us to schedule your appointment today!