What the Research Says About the Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

What the Research Says About the Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Studies show that cardiovascular disease and poor oral health are indeed connected, indicating that your oral health correlates to your total body health. One important connection to recognize is that between heart disease and dental health. Here’s a closer look at this link and the ways in which improving your oral health can benefit your heart. 

Your oral health matters for your heart. 

Elements that contribute to poor oral health can overlap with heart disease risk factors. Smoking, for example, can contribute to both issues. However, simply skipping parts of your dental care routine can have a big impact on your heart health too. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to get a comprehensive look at the health of your teeth and gums—and learn what that says about your heart health. A complete oral hygiene routine should include, at minimum, twice-daily brushing, once-daily flossing, and visits to your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. 

Oral bacteria can contribute to vascular health risks. 

Bacteria is a big factor in linking heart disease and poor oral health—and a good motivator to keep up with dental appointments. One Harvard article explains that the same bacteria that cause periodontitis can travel to blood vessels elsewhere in the body, leading to inflammation and damage. As a result, the risks of heart attack and stroke increase. By addressing this type of bacteria more proactively through ongoing dental care, you can reduce the body’s exposure and protect your heart. 

Good oral care combats serious health issues. 

In addition to limiting the reign of harmful bacteria in your mouth, which may eventually spread to other parts of the body, good oral care provides insight into your total body health. Regular cleanings and exams should be part of anyone’s healthcare routine, at any age. 

At the dental office of John R. Carson, DDS in Tucson, we offer many services to help you keep oral health a priority, including routine preventive care for the whole family. If you’re having problems finding good dental care, or you’re unsure where to start, we’ll be happy to help you. Get in touch with our friendly office staff at (520) 514-7203 to request an appointment today.