How the Inflammation of Gum Disease Can Affect the Heart
Posted on 4/10/2018 by Brandon Cooley
Your heart is important and should always be taken care of. More than just using the heart to fall in love, your heart is responsible in pumping blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system to different organs of your body.
With that said, the blood that your heart pumped provides oxygen and nutrients and also carries away metabolic waste.
That is why you need to take care of your heart not just from being hurt by your lover, but from complications that can bring cardiovascular diseases that can lead to heart attack or even stroke and brain damage.
Take Care of Your Heart, Prevent Gum Disease
A healthy mouth actually equals a healthy heart.
Researchers and professionals believe that there is a strong correlation between oral health and your healthy heart, which means that oral problems can definitely cause heart problems. Tooth decay and cavity buildup are not the suspects, but gum diseases can definitely affect the heart negatively.
There are two main types of gum diseases and these are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis causes red, swollen, and painful gums, while periodontitis is a serious gum disease that infects the gums and causes severe dental conditions such as bleeding gums, bacteria build up, and tooth loss. All gum diseases cause inflammation, which is very dangerous to the hear.
Inflammation causes damages to the blood vessels, making it hard for the blood to flow to the heart and increasing the risk of getting a heart attack. Bleeding gums can trigger infections that can help get the bacteria in the bloodstream straight to your heart.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Decrease the risk of getting gum disease through taking good care of your oral health. Brushing your teeth regularly can always prevent gum diseases and other dental problems. To prevent gum diseases, mind the signs and symptoms. Bleeding gums, potential tooth loss, swelling, and pain are sometimes associated with gum diseases.
If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, do not hesitate to contact us. We are eager to help!
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