Your gums can indicate whether you are prone to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Yes, your gums. Healthy gums don’t always, but often do indicate health within the body organs. If they are free of inflammation, chances are your arteries are too.
The mouth is the gateway to the entire body. It has been shown time and time again that poor dental health and gum disease (aka periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. If you’ve already had heart surgery to and have artificial heart valves, you want to make sure you maintain excellent oral health.
Most people don’t think about oral health having any connection to other diseases. I hope that this changes and I am doing everything I can to help educate my patients and those who follow my blogs and articles to understand how important oral health is to heart health and overall health.
During these stressful times that we are living through, oral health easily gets pushed aside. Many people may be afraid to go to the dentist for routine check-ups or cleanings. I can assure you that dentist are taking every precaution to protect not only our patients but ourselves and our employees. We have always been extra cautious because we know about the bacteria that is found in the oral cavity. In addition, stress takes its toll on oral health. Everyone has individual weak spots and for some it is the mouth and gums. Likewise, tooth loss patterns are also connected to coronary artery disease.
Our mouths are integral to our happiness and well-being. We express ourselves through words spoken through the mouth. We enjoy having lovely teeth so we can smile easily. We enjoy eating and without a healthy mouth, that pleasure can turn to pain. Please pay more attention to your oral health especially during this stressful time. Your gum health can keep your heart and your entire body health.