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The Link Between your Teeth and your Heart

Woman Flossing Teeth | Milwaukee WI DentistDid you know that there is a direct link between your teeth and your heart? The Journal of Periodontology conducted a study that confirms people with periodontal disease are at a greater risk of systemic health issues such as cardiovascular disease.

The study found that diseased gums are significantly more likely to release high levels of bacteria and harmful endotoxins. These endotoxins, which are produced by bacteria, can enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body to organs such as the heart. Thus, there is a direct link between your teeth and your heart.

Let’s take a quick step back and explain what is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal diseases, sometimes-called gum disease or pyorrhea, is an inflammatory condition caused by bacteria affecting the tissue surrounding the roots of the teeth. It is the principle cause of tooth loss in adults throughout the world and is preventable with proper care of your teeth.

Listed below are the symptoms of periodontal disease according to the National Institute of Health:

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

The American Heart Association estimates that almost eighty million people suffer from heart disease and almost one million people die every year from heart disease. A person can easily spend thousands of dollars each year trying to prevent this disease with expensive prescription medications, shelves of healthy cookbooks, fitness machines for your home, and gym memberships. Dr. Roberto Monteagudo suggests investing in a good toothbrush, floss and biannual teeth cleanings.

Brushing your teeth and flossing just got a whole lot more important. Check out this fun video about How to Floss Your Teeth.

And of course, it goes without saying, the best defense against heart disease is to consult your trusted physician to advise you about reducing your risks. So keep those regularly scheduled cleaning appointments and screenings. Doing so greatly increases the likelihood that any problems will be detected early. As your trusted, lifelong dental partner, Dr. Roberto Monteagudo wants to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible. Let us know if you have any other questions about your oral health. And share this information with someone you know by clicking on one of the links below. Staying informed helps us all stay healthier.