This is American Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Did you know there may be a link between gum disease and heart disease? In 2012, the American Heart Association published a statement supporting that association. Research has shown how people with gum disease are more likely to also have heart disease.
Preventing heart disease is another good reason to take care of your gums and to see your dentist regularly. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. According to the American Heart Association, people with periodontitis often have risk factors that put both their mouth and their cardiovascular system at risk. Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S.
February is a good time to make sure you are taking care of both your teeth and your heart!
Many of the risk factors for gum disease are also risk factors for heart disease.
Those risk factors for both gum disease and cardiovascular disease that we can control include the following:
Ø Physical activity
Ø Tobacco use
Ø High blood pressure
Ø High cholesterol
Knowing this connection, it isn't surprising to see how people who have chronic gum disease are people who are at a higher risk for a heart attack. But remember—that’s a list of risk factors we can control and manage through good habits.
To steps to take to avoid gum disease:
1. Brush teeth at least twice a day
2. Floss your teeth daily
3. Eat a well-balanced diet
4. Get regular dental check-ups and cleanings
To steps to protect your health:
1. Do not smoke
2. Manage your weight
3. Control your blood pressure
4. Stay physically active
To learn more about ways to help you oral hygiene and overall health call Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. today at (800) 223-0801.