Why is it important to have good Dental Hygiene Health?
February is Heart Awareness Month, but did you know that your oral health often provides a window into your overall health, including your heart? A question most people ask is, does having healthy teeth relate to having a healthy heart.
Though there is not enough research to prove that gum disease causes cardiovascular disease, research does show that those suffering from gum disease and heart disease share many of the same risk factors, including tobacco use, diabetes and poor nutrition.
People with moderate to advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums.
Symptoms that may indicate gum disease include the following:
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Bleeding gums following brushing and flossing
- Gums that pull away from your teeth
- Loose teeth separating from each other.
- Chronic bad breath
Steps for Keeping Gums and Teeth Healthy
Taking proactive measures to keep your mouth and teeth healthy is the best way to ward off gum disease.
Brush at least twice a day and floss each day.
Go for a dental cleaning twice a year to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar.
Keeping routine checkups also allows Dr. Marra to monitor your mouth for the beginning stages of gum disease.
If you have heart disease or a history of heart disease in your family, you should share that information with Dr. Marra or you current dentist. It’s especially important to notify our staff at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry if you are taking any medications for heart disease or any other medical condition.