There is a relationship between our teeth, gum and body. Our body is considered an ecosystem and our mouth is the main entrance to it. What goes through our mouths and into our body determines many of the diseases we contract.
Each tooth is surrounded by gums that create a seal that controls the bacteria that enters our body. If we fail to take care of this seal, and allow it to be weakened, we open the door for all kinds of things to enter our bloodstream causing a myriad of problems.
According to OraGuard, Ltd, listed below are of some diseases that we can develop as a result of bacteria entering the body through the mouth and gums:
IBS Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and attack the friendly bacteria in your gut. And that’s when your digestive issues begin to worsen.
Breast cancer Women may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer due to lack of good oral care.
Prostate cancer Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease and prostatitis have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of these conditions.
Diabetes Serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
Weight gain Oral health, diabetes, and obesity are intertwined and inflammation is at the core of this complex interaction
Alzheimer’s and dementia Research shows gum disease bacteria lipopolysaccharides (the surface of the bacterium) in samples from people suffering from dementia and none of the people who do not have the condition.
Cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack, infective endocarditis, and thickening of the arteries When bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation.
Low birthweight and premature birth Periodontal health also plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy. Research suggests that pregnant women with gum disease are at higher risk for pre-term and low birth weight deliveries.
Bacterial pneumonia Bacterial infections in the chest are believed to be caused by breathing droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs.
Rheumatoid arthritis Those who had moderate to severe periodontitis had more than twice the risk of RA compared to those with mild or no periodontitis
We don’t realize how important our oral health is in relation to a healthy body, but we need to think about not only what we put in our mouths, but how we take care of our mouths, which includes our teeth and gums. Good oral health is not only brushing your teeth and visiting your dentist, but don’t forgot to do this as well.
We know that February is National Heart Month, but what you may ask, does that have to do with your teeth? Heart disease claims over 610,000 lives each year, and is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. But did you know that a link has been found between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?
According to a 2016 study by the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, having gum disease can increase the risk of a first heart by 28%.
“Although the findings indicate a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still unclear whether one actually causes the other,” says the American Heart Association. The two conditions have some of the same risk factors, including smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection.
Practicing health habits can help lower your risks of both gum and heart disease.
Daily good habits such as:
Brushing and flossing daily to remove plaque.
Following healthy dietary habits by reducing sugars and starches.
Avoiding chewing tobacco and cigarette smoking that can destroy your gums and cause heart disease.
By just implementing a few good habits you can help your gums and teeth and also, by design, your heart. Give us a call here at Brogdon Dental and let us give your gums an exam and see how you rate.
Last time we talked about foods and teeth we discussed cheese. With this post we will talk about Almonds. Did you realize that almonds (as well as other nuts) contain vitamins, minerals, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and other nutrients that are good for your teeth?
Not only are almonds good for your teeth, but they are high in monounsaturated fats which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
To stay strong, healthy teeth need a combination of phosphorus for bone formation; vitamin D and magnesium for calcium absorption; vitamin B to prevent mouth sores; and vitamin C and potassium for strong gum tissue.
One food packed with all these healthy-teeth nutrients is an ounce of almonds (about 20-25 nuts).
Almonds also neutralize cavity-causing acids, says David Leader, D.D.S, assistant clinical professor at Tufts Dental School in Boston.
Who doesn’t like nuts? What an enjoyable way to introduce healthy vitamins and minerals in your diet! So have a hand full of nuts and call our office to set up your next dental appointment.
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.
Last month we talked about 12 beneficial foods that can help you have healthy teeth. Our first one was crunchy vegetables. On this post we’re going to discuss number 2 in our list of foods that will help you have a healthier, happier smile.
Gum disease is 20% lower in people who eat a diet rich in omega-3s, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from fish and linolenic acid (LNA) from plant-food sources, according to a 2010 study by Harvard researcher Asghar Z. Naqvi, MPH.
Fish are rich in DHA and EPA, while LNA rich foods include flaxseed, walnuts, pecans (whole and nut butters) and oils such as canola, hemp, pumpkin seed and extra virgin olive oil.
Because researchers asked participants to guess their intake of omega-3 foods, the actual amount of DHA, EPA and/or LNA wasn’t exact. But they concluded health benefits came primarily from diet, not supplements. Those who used supplements didn’t show any additional advantage, researchers say.
Who would think that by adding more fish to your diet you would help your teeth? So not only will your heart improve, but your gums will too!
Check back with us next month as we address colorful fruits and vegetables and how they can benefit your teeth.
Did you know that brushing and flossing your teeth can help you avoid heart disease? Having clean teeth and healthy gums could reduce your chances of atherosclerosis.
So how does bacteria in your mouth affect your heart? The bacteria could possible enter the bloodstream through your gums, traveling to the rest of the body. This bacteria could create inflammation, resulting in the clogging of arteries.
According to WebMD,
Gingivitis is an infection of the gums usually caused by poor oral hygiene. Gums become inflamed, swollen, and bleed. Bacteria within plaque (which forms on teeth) lead to chronic inflammation of the gum line and tooth loss. Chronic inflammation caused by periodontal disease has been linked to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.
Every day, an estimated 2,600 people in the U.S. die of heart disease, says the American Heart Association. That’s an average of one death every 34 seconds. Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke – or about 700,000 people this year.
Heart attack and stroke can strike anyone. Each year, heart disease kills 150,000 people younger than 65, says the AHA.
There are lots of ways to prevent heart disease. Diet, exercise, handling stress better, and keeping your blood sugar and blood pressure under control are all good. Brushing and flossing are not a substitute for these measures, but they are two of the simplest things you can do to help your heart. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in the last 6 months you need to call us at Brogdon Dental to set up an appointment.
Do you suffer from sore, swollen or bleeding gums? This could be a sign of a more serious condition.
According to caring.com, swollen, sore, or bleeding gums are symptoms not only of periodontal disease — in which exposure to bacteria causes the gums to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth — but also a possible early sign of underlying cardiovascular disease. A 2010 study by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimated that the prevalence of periodontal disease may be underestimated by as much as 50 percent.
Can your heart be a cause of periodontal disease?
Experts believe that poor circulation due to heart disease could be an underlying cause of periodontal disease. Researchers are also studying whether a common bacteria is involved in both gum disease and plaque buildup inside coronary arteries. The link may also have something to do with the body’s response to prolonged inflammation.
A recent article in huffingtonpost.com states, “A study presented in 2011 at a meeting of the American Heart Association, for instance, showed that getting your teeth professionally cleaned even just once in your life is associated with a decreased risk of heart attack and stroke. (though the association is strongest among people who get yearly cleanings).”
If you are having problems with your gums or you are concerned about the relationship between heart disease and gum disease give Dr. Brogdon a call. We can treat your gum disease and thus help prevent the presence of bacteria. You should consider gum disease a red flag for inflammation and circulatory problems. Ask your doctor if you need to set up an appointment with us. Your gums and your heart will thank you!