HERE AT STEPHEN L. BEVERIDGE DDS, IT’S NOT TOO HARD TO GUESS that you want to take the very best care of your heart, right? Of course! Did you know that your simple toothbrush could rank right up there with your gym membership in keeping your heart healthy? Yes, it’s true! According to Dr. Beveridge, “There are a number of recent studies that suggest gum disease—and other oral health issues—are DIRECTLY related to heart problems.”
In a recent study from the American Academy of Periodontology, it’s reported that people who have periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to have heart disease. Another study found that common oral health problems, including gingivitis, missing teeth, and/or cavities can be as good at predicting heart disease as bad cholesterol levels! Shocking, right?
While there’s still much more to learn about these connections, the evidence seems to be mounting each year. Dr. Beveridge adds, “We know that bacteria in your mouth can enter your bloodstream through your gums. These same bacteria have been found clumped up in artery plaques. One theory that is gaining more acceptance is that they stick to the fatty plaques in your bloodstream, which can directly contribute to blockages.”
There are other theories that revolve around how your body defends itself against bacteria, including the natural response of inflammation; oral bacteria traveling through your bloodstream can cause blood cells to swell, which can lead to narrowing of arteries and clot risks.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X0tdvraWto&hl=en&fs=1]
Although the EXACT relationships between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease are still unclear, today’s research continues to show that there’s definitely a connection. Of course, DON’T ignore all of the other things you can do to keep your heart healthy. It takes more than just brushing! Keep eating healthy foods, exercise regularly, and take care of risk factors like diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.
And, when it’s SO EASY to clear up any periodontal disease problems with Dr. Beveridge and his entire team’s help, be sure to come in to see us! Do it for your heart’s sake! Don’t forget that PREVENTION goes a long way in avoiding future problems.
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