Oral Health and Heart Disease – Whats the Correlation?

For many years the correlation between oral health and heart disease has been debated. While the connection between the two still has not been 100% proven, there is some evidence that the two are linked. At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we are no heart surgeons, but we whole heartedly believe that good oral health is good for you, no matter what! So, we’ve gathered some of the facts about oral health and heart disease and how they are – or are not – related.

  • If you have peritonitis, when you chew and brush, you are releasing bacteria into your bloodstream.
  • The same type of plaque that can be found on your teeth has been found in the arteries of the heart and elsewhere.
  • Treating existing gum disease has not been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • The bacteria that are present in the development of periodontal disease can get into your bloodstream and cause elevated C-reactive protein – a marker for inflammation of the blood vessels.
  • Studies continue to investigate the true connection, or lack thereof, between oral health and heart disease.

Despite the inconclusive evidence between heart disease and oral health, it is always important to maintain good oral hygiene. Here are just a few tips on how to achieve great oral health:

  • Visit your dentist every six months
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss regularly
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months

Dr. Jordan at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA wants to see you happy and healthy – and a healthy smile is a great place to start. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your next cleaning!

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