The Mouth – Heart – Health Connection
For year’s studies have shown a connection between many aspects of our dental health and our heart health. Arthritis, diabetes, pancreatic cancer and low birth weight babies are among the many health risk associated when one has dental health diseases. It is no surprise then that researches have also found a link between heart attacks, strokes, and the health of our mouth.
While scientists have yet to find the exact cause, they believe it has something to do with the bacteria we have in our mouth. A healthy person has more bacteria in their mouth than there are people on earth, and over 500 different types. Proper oral care, brushing twice a day for a two minutes, flossing, and seeing a dentist at least twice a year for check ups, can keep it all in check.
The increase in risk for heart disease and strokes seem to be associated with periodontal disease. There are two conditions researchers believe may be related, gingivitis and periodontitis. While gingivitis typically proceeds periodontitis, this condition is identified as swollen, red, sore and inflamed gums. Periodontitis, is when the gums are infected and pockets of this infection are below the gum line and many believe may spread into the blood stream. Some studies have shown an increased risk for inflammation in the body causing damage to the blood vessels and hardened arteries, or atherosclerosis which increases risk for heart attacks and strokes.
However, there is good news, both gingivitis and periodontitis can be prevented. Prevention comes from taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums by brushing twice daily, flossing, and visiting Dr. Bezbatchenko. The key to successful treatment is visiting Dr. Bezbatchenko twice a year, or as he recommends for your check-ups to prevent disease or diagnose early. If you haven’t been following these guidelines, start today, don’t delay out of fear. Dr. Bezbatchenko and his team have helped many patients reclaim their oral health and get back in shape, your heart just may thank you for it!