Research has shown a link between oral health and heart disease. Here’s what you need to know:
- Gum Disease and Heart Disease: Poor oral health, especially gum disease, has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.
- Inflammation and Bacteria: Oral bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation, potentially affecting the heart and blood vessels.
- Risk Factors: Gum disease can worsen existing heart conditions and contribute to the development of heart disease in otherwise healthy individuals.
- Regular Dental Check-ups: Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease and reduce the risk of heart-related problems.
- Interdisciplinary Approach: Dentists and cardiologists may collaborate to manage oral health and heart conditions more effectively.
- Overall Health Impact: Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall well-being, including heart health.
If you have existing heart conditions, inform your dentist, and work together to ensure optimal oral health.