A Surprising Relationship – Oral Health & Heart Health

Oral Care and Heart Health

Sometimes we forget or just don’t realize how connected all of our body systems are to one another.  For some, it is surprising to hear that there is a direct relationship between oral health and heart health.  Taking care of your body means understanding the relationships between the parts and how to support each of them.

How Oral Health Affects Heart Health:

Bacteria is constantly being introduced to our body through our mouth.  When we eat, drink, touch our mouth, bite our nails, chew on objects and so on, we introduce countless new bacteria and germs to our systems.  These bacteria and germs then enter and travel through the bloodstream to other parts of your body.  Your blood travels through your heart.  When bacteria and germs are introduced to the heart, they can attach to the heart and begin to do damage. Inflammation that starts in the mouth might lead to inflammation in the heart which can cause a series of serious issues.

What to Look Out For:

If you experience any sort of gum disease and severe inflammation, there’s a good chance that bacteria and germs could be traveling through your systems.  If you know that you have poor oral health, it might be worth it for you to check with your primary care physician about how your overall health is.

What Can You Do To Prevent Bacteria And Germs From Spreading Through Your Body?

Good oral hygiene practices start with brushing and flossing your teeth for two minutes a day, twice daily. Coming in for regular cleanings is for more than just the cleaning.  We are also monitoring your overall oral health.  When we clean your teeth, we check on your gum health for things like gingivitis and periodontitis. These forms of inflammation in your mouth can lead to inflammation in other areas of your body.

How Can We Help?

We are here because we genuinely care about more than just your oral health.  We care about your complete health.  While checking for gum disease and inflammation, we are not judging you.  We simply want to guide you towards healthy hygiene practices so that your entire body is taken care of properly. Preventative care through regular cleanings can help keep you on track for being the healthy version of yourself that you deserve to be.

Downtown Dental Group

428 Houston St.
Manhattan, KS 66502

Our entrance is on 5th Street

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