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Do Healthy Gums Mean A Healthy Heart?

Feb 11, 2016

February is American Heart Month

shutterstock_138621623 Having a strong oral care regimen doesn't only result in a bright, shiny smile - it can also help maintain a healthy heart. According to a statement released in 2012 from the American Heart Association® there’s an unexplained correlation between gum disease and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and accounts for 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States while approximately 47% adults in the US have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by an excess of plaque buildup along or below the gum line. It’s more commonly known as gingivitis during the early stages and periodontal disease during the late stages and according to the Academy of General Dentistry™ (AGD), people who have chronic gum disease are more at risk for a heart attack. Some studies have suggested that gum disease can lead to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can enter the bloodstream and increase clot formation by attaching to blood vessels. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart which can cause an elevated blood pressure, increasing the risk for a heart attack.

According to the American Dental Association® (ADA) there are 7 warning signs of gum disease:

  1. Gums that bleed easily
  2. Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  3. Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  4. Constant bad breath or taste
  5. Loose or separating permanent teeth
  6. Any change in the “bite” of your teeth or the way they fit together when you bite down
  7. Any change in the fit of partial dentures
While there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that healthy gums will completely prevent heart attacks, having a strong oral care regimen can help reduce your risk of heart disease and many other conditions.

Make sure you’re following these 4 simple steps from the ADA to maintain a healthy mouth and body:

  1. Brush 2x daily
  2. Floss at least once a day
  3. Eat a balanced diet, limiting sugary foods and between-meal snacks
  4. Visit your dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings


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