The Link Between Heart Disease and Dental Hygiene
Claiming over 33,600 lives per year, heart disease is a leading cause of death in Canada. You can reduce your risk of heart disease by understanding the risk factors and adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Poor dental hygiene can affect your overall health. Over time, it may increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. Several studies have shown that people with periodontal disease may be more likely to have coronary heart disease than people with healthy mouths.
Two possible explanations for this association include:
- Bacteria which causes periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream and form fatty plaques in the arteries which can lead to blood clots.
- These bacteria can lead to inflammation of the blood vessels which could eventually lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
Prevention is Key
Having an effective oral health regime can lower your risk for both gum and heart disease. Our Calgary Dentist office is dedicated to help you and your family create good dental hygiene habits. If you already suffer from one or both of these conditions, taking the time for a good dental hygiene routine can significantly reduce their impact.
- Schedule Regular Dental Checkups: During a dental examination, one of our qualified dentists will check for any signs of gum disease and infections and are able to catch and treat gum disease early on.
- Follow a Healthy Diet: Develop healthy eating habits as outlined by Canada’s Food Guide. Follow the recommended daily number of vegetables and fruit servings and limit saturated fats and sodium. Always choose fresh, unprocessed foods.
- Brush and floss regularly: To remove any plaque-forming bacteria, brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss. (See: How To Floss Correctly)
- Schedule Regular Dental Cleanings: Regular dental cleanings are essential to keeping your mouth and the rest of your body healthy. One of our experienced, registered dental hygienists will remove the plaque form your teeth to prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
- Avoid Tobacco: Smoking will destroy your teeth and gums and increase your risk of developing periodontal and heart disease.
Proper dental care is about so much more than just a welcoming smile. To ensure your teeth, gums and heart stay healthy, book an appointment at our dental clinic, conveniently located on Macleod Trail Dental or contact us at 403-253-1248.