Oral & Heart Health: The Connection

Our bodies are one solid unit comprised of many different moving parts. It is common, however, for us to associate oral health and physical health as two separate entities. These two parts, however, work together to make up the greater whole. When considering the ramifications of poor oral health, we need to start looking beyond the mouth and placing a stronger focus on the fact that the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body.

Delta Dental has released a study pointing out a correlation between oral health and heart disease; just one of the many links found throughout the body. Gum health has been proven to be a gateway into detecting overall health, providing doctors with warning signs of various diseases and conditions. Evidence also shows that people with moderate to advanced gum disease are at a much greater risk for heart disease than someone with healthy gums.

The spread of bacteria (and other germs) is what links oral health and heart disease via your blood stream. When the bacteria make their way to your heart, they can cause inflammation which can lead to various illnesses including endocarditis, atherosclerosis and even stroke. Chronic gum conditions, left untreated, can lead to much more serious consequences. We believe integrative care is the best way to ensure your patients are as healthy as they can possibly be!

Warning Signs:    

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed after flossing, eating or brushing
  • Pus or other infection signals within the mouth
  • Frequent bad breath or a lingering bad taste in the mouth

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