Oral Health and Your Heart
Can poor oral health put you at risk for heart disease?
It’s true, there is now evidence of the connection between oral health and heart disease! Recent studies show that people with moderate to severe gum disease have a greater risk of developing heart disease compared to those with healthy gums. The connection between oral health and heart disease stems from the bacteria in your mouth spreading to other parts of your body through the blood stream. When oral bacteria has reached the heart it can cause inflammation, which could result in cardiovascular conditions such as endocarditis, atherosclerosis, and even stroke.
Oral health is vital to your overall health, which is why DENCAP prioritizes preventive dentistry for our members. Visiting your dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings while maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is very important. Be proactive about your oral health and lessen your risk of gum disease and heart disease!