Heart disease, heart attack, congenital heart disease, whatever you call it, it’s not pretty. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women in America. Quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, exercising and a healthy weight can all help. But great dental hygiene is another tip that can make a difference. According to the American Academy of periodontal disease, people with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (heart disease).
Dickson dentist explains the connection between heart disease and dental health
So we know that gum disease can cause a series of discomforts from bad breath to tooth loss, but did you know it can also increase your risk of heart disease? In fact, gum disease can increase risk for many other life-threatening diseases from cancer to diabetes and strokes. One study found presence of gingivitis is as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels. Bacteria and infections hiding in the deep pockets of your gums cause inflammation which can lead to heart disease. There’s a lot of research suggesting periodontal disease and oral health are linked, and a $3 toothbrush can help save your life. Accent Smile Center knows the importance of oral hygiene, but do you?
Here’s how you should take great care of your teeth:
Use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse twice a day
Have dental treatments done immediately
Keep dentist informed medication changes
Don’t try opening container with your teeth
Use a night guard, if needed
Limit sugary snacks
When brushing, don’t forget inner surface of teeth
When flossing, reach the gum line
Visit Dickson dental practice for great dental health and heart disease prevention
When you work with Dr. Gatgens and his dedicated team at Accent Smile Center, you’ll be treated to comfortable dentistry no matter the dental treatment you’re coming in for. From dental implants to dentures to crowns and teeth whitening, we do it all with great care. Dickson’s Accent Smile Center is well-versed in periodontal disease dentistry and can help you keep heart disease at bay.
Come in for a consultation today and we’ll set up the perfect dental plan for your needs.