Relationship between dental health and heart health

Did you know that your heart health is closely related to your oral health? 

Research and clinical studies have found a close relationship between gum diseases and cardiac health. 

Poor oral health contributes to the accumulation of bacteria-laden plaque and tartar. This gives rise to dental cavities and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. The bacteria can also enter the bloodstream and infect the heart valves, leading to infectious and inflammatory heart conditions such as bacterial endocarditis. Oral health might be even more essential for you if you have artificial heart valves. 

Periodontitis and tooth loss have also been linked to coronary artery disease. The inflammation due to bacterial illness also induces a cascade of vascular damage throughout the body. 

There have been plenty of studies that have established the importance of treating periodontitis in patients with diabetes and heart diseases. The overall prognosis becomes better with the resolution of oral health conditions. 

The best way to prevent cardiovascular diseases is to – 

  • Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and a soft nylon brush, flossing, and keeping the tongue clean. 
  • Quit habits such as smoking. 
  • Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption.
  • Inculcate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. 
  • Avoid highly processed and fat-loaded foods.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Exercise. 
  • Schedule regular dental appointments for professional dental cleanings to prevent dental diseases. 

So, why wait? Keep your teeth and heart healthy with the help of professional teeth cleaning in Delaware. Our team of excellent and friendly dental professionals will be there to assist you and your family to better oral and overall health. If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment with us at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists, please reach out to us.