Did you know that the health of your teeth and gums can give you direct clues as to the condition of your heart? No? In this blog, we look at the links between your teeth, gums and heart.
Research has shown that there are a number of links between the state of his mouth and your heart.
For example, you are twice as likely to develop heart disease if you have gum disease. Gum disease is described as swelling, soreness or infection of the gums supporting the teeth and is caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. When people have gum disease it is thought that the bacteria present in the mouth can enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream the bacteria produce proteins which can cause the platelets in the blood to stick together. Overtime this can cause clots to form, reducing the supply of blood to the heart. If the clots become severe enough they can cause heart attacks.
Most people will suffer with gum disease at some point in their life and it is the main cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK.
Symptoms not to ignore
If you happen to notice any of these symptoms it is important that you let your dentist know immediately as they could be warning signs of gum disease:
Treating gum disease
1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
2. Clean your teeth interdentally every day, using floss, tape or interdental brushes
3. Attend for regular routine dental appointments so any problems can be identified early
5. If you have a severe case of gum disease it may be necessary to have root planing, to remove any remaining pockets of bacteria from around the roots of teeth.
Remember by ensuring you keep your teeth healthy, you are also helping to keep your heart healthy!