Healthy Gums, Happy Heart

July 22, 2014 | Posted in Education

Whether it is our mouth or our overall health, I think we can all agree that prevention and healthy lifestyle is the key.  We exercise, watch what we eat, minimize smoking and alcohol.  Is there anything else that can be done to reduce our risk factors?
 
Gum disease and heart disease are both inflammatory diseases.  Research shows that having gum disease may be a significant risk for increased heart disease and stroke.  This risk is comparable to smoking, family history and elevated cholesterol.
 
How is it possible that something in our mouth can reach our heart?  Bacteria in the mouth cause gum disease.  This bacterium causes inflammation of the gums, penetrates the gum line and finally spreads into the underlying bone.  How does it get to your heart?  For those individuals with gum disease, it is thought that the simple act of brushing or chewing food can injure the gum tissue.  This allows the bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart.  Keeping your gums disease free is the key.
 
We want you to have healthy gums and a healthy heart.  Talk to your dental health professional about your oral health and how you can improve it.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.