Have you ever heard the expression that, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? I know many young women of an older generation were commonly told that by their mothers. Those young women were inspired to learn how to cook in order to attract a husband.
The fact of the matter is that the way to anybody’s heart is through their mouth. I’m not referring to the yumminess of the food that gets put into the mouth. I’m talking specifically about oral health and the kind of bacteria that is dominant in the mouth.
In recent years, science has found that oral bacteria from periodontal (gum) disease is a contributing cause of heart disease. Recent studies show that if you have gum disease in a moderate or advanced stage, you’re at greater risk for heart disease than someone with healthy gums. In addition, your oral health can provide doctors with warning signs for a range of diseases and conditions, including those in the heart.
This is why your dentist should be part of your cardiovascular health team. Oral health and heart disease are connected by the spread of bacteria – and other germs – from your mouth to other parts of your body through the bloodstream.
So, very simply put, if your dentist is not part of your cardiovascular team, you are not getting the best heart health care nor are you receiving the best oral health care.