It can be difficult to take good care of your mouth, especially if you lead a busy lifestyle; but, what if every brush stroke you take to fight off gum disease also helps you fight off heart disease? While it may seem like a stretch, science shows there is a connection between the two. In honor of American Heart Month this February, Dr. James Lesinski encourages patients to receive the treatment they need to protect their gums and potentially their heart.
How Oral Health Affects Heart Health
Those who suffer from gum disease in Amherst, NY have inflammation in their gums due to bacteria. The gums are very vascular, which means they are full of intricate blood vessels that can easily carry bacteria from the mouth to the blood stream. Once bacteria enter the blood stream, they can cause inflammation in other parts of the body, including the heart. This inflammation may eventually contribute to the development of heart disease.
Some bacteria present in gum disease, including Streptococcus sanguis, have been shown to spread readily to the heart. When gum disease is properly treated and the bacteria is reduced in the mouth, the amount of bacteria in the heart is also reduced.
The Importance of a Good Oral Hygiene Routine
Practically anything can become habit once you do it enough, including proper oral care. To optimize your oral health and potentially your heart health, follow these oral hygiene care tips:
1. Brush at least twice a day, especially after meals.
2. Floss at least once daily.
3. Attend regular dental checkups and cleaning appointments.
4. Eat healthy foods.
5. Avoid sugary or acidic foods and drinks.
You can further protect your heart by quitting smoking, staying active and controlling both your weight and blood pressure.
Call Us to Take Control of Your Health
If you want to take good care of your physical health, start with your mouth. We invite you to celebrate American Heart Month by calling our office and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Lesinski.
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