How Heart Problems Can Stem from Poor Oral Hygiene
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Dr. VanBrunt
It is easy to think that whatever happens in your mouth, stays in your mouth. We may not talk about the link between your mouth and other parts of your body a ton in the dental world, but the link is there and today we will be talking about how poor oral hygiene can affect your heart.
Bad Habits Don't affect Just Your Teeth
While more research is needed when it comes to oral bacteria having an effect on your heart. There is a much clearer understanding that bad habits that cause poor hygiene can also cause heart problems.
For example, excessive eating of food and beverages that are poor for your teeth such as sugary treats and soda can cause weight gain potentially leading to diabetes, which has a connection to heart disease.
Another point is smoking- a habit which puts people at high risk for gum disease. In addition to the negative oral consequences, smoking also affects the heart negatively by increasing blood pressure, which strains both your heart and blood vessels. High blood pressure risks the user of a heart attack or a stroke if allowed to get out of control.
What You Can Do To Help Avoid Heart Conditions
Healthy eating habits and good oral hygiene will keep your body and mouth on track. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and practicing moderation with junk food are key things you can do to avoid developing conditions linked to heart problems. In addition to this, if you are currently smoking, reach out to help. Quitting may not be easy, but it is a common thing many people are trying to do, thus there is loads of help out there to aid you on your journey!
If you have concerns about your oral health, call us if you have any questions or want to book an appointment.