Get Regular Cleaning’s And Protect Your Heart!

Everyone has heard many, many times about the importance of good oral hygiene. Brush after every meal, floss and get regular cleaning’s. Doing so matters a great deal more than was once believed.

Teeth don’t exist in a bubble, independent of the rest of the body. Infection in the mouth can spread through the bloodstream and have a deleterious effect elsewhere in the body. Great many studies have been done researching the link between periodontal disease and an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Research has also been conducted on the effects of periodontal disease on many other health problems.

What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Bacteria accumulate on and between the teeth, causing red, swollen and inflamed gums; this is known as plaque. If brushing your teeth makes the gums bleed, that is normally a sign of gingivitis. Inadequate oral hygiene is the primary cause, but many other factors can contribute, such as diabetes, smoking and systemic diseases.

The most important thing to know about gingivitis is that it is reversible. When the teeth are professionally cleaned, the plaque is removed that brushing alone cannot deal with. Get regular cleaning’s, brush and floss regularly and gingivitis won’t develop into periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?
When gingivitis goes untreated (lack of regular cleaning’s, inadequate flossing and brushing, among other factors), the periodontal disease develops. The bacteria (plaque) spread, irritating the gums with toxins that are produced by the bacteria. A chronic inflammatory condition breaks down the bone and tissues that support the teeth. The infection spreads as pockets develop between the teeth. Finally, the supports of the teeth are destroyed, and the teeth loosen and may need to be removed.

Periodontal Disease and the Heart
Infective endocarditis is an infection that travels through the bloodstream and settles into the lining of the heart. It is caused by the bacteria that also cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. A large study showed that those who had their teeth cleaned professionally every two years reduced their risk of a heart attack by 24%. Eliminating the bacteria that form plaque pays big dividends for your overall health.

Family Dental Office in Vista, CA focuses on preventive dentistry. Oral health is their top priority. Get regular cleaning’s and protect your smile and your health. Visit their website to learn more about protecting your teeth and to schedule your cleaning.

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