Routine dental cleanings and exams are more important for your health than you realize. Even with the best at-home oral hygiene habits, our teeth and gums require a little help from the dentist and dental hygienist.
It is a simple fact, neglecting your teeth increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. New studies have shown that bad teeth can be an early indication of heart disease.
There has been significant evidence prove that inflammation-causing oral disease, such as cavities and gum diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis) are directly linked to an increasing risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The bacteria that causes cavities and gum diseases resides in our mouth. Oral hygiene, including routine brushing and flossing, help remove this harmful bacteria. However, even with the best intentions, at-home maintenance is not enough to keep these harmful bacteria at bay.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends routine dental cleanings and checkups. Over time, the bacteria begin to build up on teeth and around the gums. Eventually, these bacteria turn into plaque, a hard substance that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. If left untreated, the buildup of plaque begins to infect the gums, causing gingivitis or periodontitis. When gingivitis occurs, patients exhibit swollen, sore gums that bleed while brushing. As gingivitis evolves into periodontal disease, the bacteria from the plaque begin to affect the root of the tooth and the jawbone, causing the gum line and jawbone to recede. Eventually, if left untreated, periodontal disease will cause you to lose your teeth. As the bacteria enter your bloodstream, it travels throughout your body and into your heart, leading to an increased risk of heart diseases and stroke.
Even if other health-related factors cause your heart disease, you should not ignore your teeth. If you suffer from heart disease, periodontitis can make your condition even worse. The important factor to take away is that bacteria in our mouth can cause inflammation in other areas of the body, like the heart. Not only should you focus on a healthy diet and moderate exercise, but visit your dentist frequently for dental cleanings and checkups. Make your oral hygiene habits be a part of your lifestyle.
To get started on routine dental cleanings and exams, call (615) 200-1157 Smiles by Songstad. We welcome patients of the Green Hills and Belle Meade, TN areas. It is never too late to begin taking care of your mouth and your health, and Smiles by Songstad can help!