Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Mouth and Heart Connection

With Valentine’s Day approaching and hearts and cupids seemingly everywhere, let’s take a look at the connection between your mouth and heart.  Unfortunately, many people often ignore the fact that oral health can have a dramatic effect on your overall health.  
Countless scientific studies have show that the relationship between your mouth and your heart is undeniable.

The connection between peridontal disease and heart diseaseIt has been proven that poor oral health can have a direct effect on your cardiovascular system.  For example, people with moderate or advanced periodontal (gum) disease are more likely to suffer from heart disease.  This is important, because 80% of adults have some form of periodontal disease!  

Some researchers have suggested that the bacteria involved in gum disease are able to travel through the bloodstream, attaching to blood vessels and causing clot formation.  
It has also been suggested that the inflammation of the gum tissues in periodontal disease, can also trigger clot formation and potentially be a cause of elevated blood pressure or even a heart attack.

Warning signs of gum disease may include: 

• Red, swollen, tender gums
• Gums that bleed easily
• Gums that are receding
• Chronic bad breath
• Loose teeth

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with us at  

Beachside Dental, so that we can evaluate your gums, and screen you for any potentially harmful conditions such as heart disease.