Since February is National Heart Month, we wanted to review the relationship between heart disease and gum disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in North America and gum disease affects 46 percent of the population. Gum disease, also known as Gingivitis or Periodontitis, is caused by bacteria that grows on the teeth under the gums. Studies show that patients with gum disease are at a higher risk for heart disease.
According to Science Daily, A University of Florida study shows that the same bacteria that cause gum disease also promotes heart disease — a discovery that could change the way heart disease is diagnosed and treated.
Understanding the importance of treating gum disease in patients with heart disease will lead to future studies and recommendations for careful attention to oral health in order to protect patients against heart disease
Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Teeth should be professionally cleaned every six months.
At Brogdon Dental, we want to protect your smile as well as your heart. Make your appointment today for your teeth cleaning. Your heart and your family will thank you.