Healthy Hygiene, Healthy Heart?
Believe it or not, how you take care of your teeth affects not
only your oral health, but may well affect your heart health, too.
Although scientists are not certain of the precise relationship
between the heart and oral hygiene, studies consistently demonstrate
a link between the two. It's possible that a mouth filled with bacteria
and their toxins allows a continuous stream of poisons to enter
the system. If the bacteria reaches your arteries, it may easily
irritate them, just as it irritated your gums in the first place.
And, such arterial wall irritations typically result in a buildup
of protective plaque, which in turn can harden, thus blocking blood
flow. Of course, without sufficient blood flow your heart can easily
have a heart attack. Further, loosened arterial plaque may itself
travel through the bloodstream, reach your brain, and form a stroke-producing
Prevention & Detection
One way we can fight this situation is to use a special 'bacterial
neutralizing' rinse immediately after dental procedures to reduce
the possibility of bacteria entering your bloodstream. However,
your best defense against any of these possible scenarios is to
maintain a consistently healthy mouth. You do this not only through
meticulous daily brushing and flossing habits, but by visiting our
office for your regular check-ups at least twice a year. Remember,
gum disease is a silent but serious problem that may go unnoticed
without those professional exams. And it's relatively easy to take
care of a little stubborn tooth plaque now, but far more difficult
to take care of the kind that builds up in your arteries.
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