While Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, it’s worth giving your heart some loving as well, not only your significant other. When you’re done thinking about gifts for the big day, you’ll want to consider the ways in which your at-home oral hygiene could better protect your heart. If you’re wondering how your mouth could have any impact on your cardiovascular health, take a moment to read this post from a dentist celebrating Heart Health Month!
The Connection Between the Heart and Mouth
According to ongoing studies on the subject, there is an increasing connection between periodontal (gum) disease and the risk for heart disease. Gum disease occurs when the gums become infected as a result of plaque buildup. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to bleeding gums, gum sensitivity and pain, chronic bad breath, and even tooth loss in severe cases.
Based on current research, those with gum disease were two to three times more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event. While this connection needs to be studied further, it never hurts to make sure you are following the steps to prevent the development of gum disease.
Best Tips for At-Home Care
The good news is gum disease is largely preventable when you know the right steps to take at home. According to a dentist, these are the most important habits to have:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush all sides of teeth and target the hard-to-reach molars, an area that often gets missed.
- Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food debris from in between teeth (an area that toothbrushes cannot reach).
- Stop using all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and other methods. These products are proven to increase the risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
- Visit a dentist twice a year to complete a routine dental checkup
In the event you do develop gum disease, dentists offer multiple services to help get your oral health back to normal. Even if you don’t have dental insurance to cover the cost of your care, it’s increasingly common for dental practices to offer in-house memberships specifically designed to cater to gum disease treatments.
If this sounds like an ideal solution for you, whether for periodontal services or preventive care, get in touch with a dentist today to learn more and protect your heart health going forward.
About The Dental People
Dr. John Siu and Dr. Caroline Girgius recognize the connection between heart health and oral health, which is why they take prevention so seriously. While they do their best to educate patients on positive at-home oral care habits, they also provide personalized gum disease therapy to get your oral health back to normal. And, with the help of their in-house membership plan for periodontal care, you can make your future care affordable even without dental insurance. To schedule an appointment, you can contact them through their website.