Linking Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Several factors indicate a potential link between gum disease and heart disease. Some common features of the two include:

  • Inflammation occurs in both heart disease as well as gum disease
  • Studies show that those with gum disease are more likely to suffer a stroke
  • Research shows that people with gum disease are twice as likely to also have heart disease
  • The same bacteria are found in both gum disease and some heart problems
  • Both gum disease and heart disease share risk factors, such as smoking and age

Several other disease may be linked to gum disease, according to the American Academy of Peridontology. These include diabetes and respiratory illnesses, in addition to heart disease.

Maintaining Healthy Teeth

The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly holds true for healthy teeth. It is much easier to maintain the health of your teeth than it is to fix them once there is a problem.

Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Make sure to brush your teeth no less than twice a day, for two minutes at a time. Thorough brushing removes bacteria that can eventually lead to the production of plaque.
  • Even if you do not like flossing, don’t skip this important step. It only takes a couple of minutes and it can even be done while you are watching television or right before bed.
  • Eat a diet that provides plenty of vitamins A and C as well as calcium and try to avoid sugary and starchy foods.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings. He or she is your first line of defense against gum disease and other illnesses.

For more information on how we can assist you with your overall dental health, please feel free to contact us.