It makes sense, since we celebrate Valentine’s Day in February that it would also be heart health month. The purpose of heart health month is to bring awareness to the risk factors, prevention, and treatment of heart disease.
According to the CDC (Center For Disease Control), heart disease is the number one killer in America for both men and women.
What does heart health have to do with dental health?
So, what does that have to do with dentistry? Actually, dental health and heart health are much more closely related than we once thought. Scientific research shows a direct link between periodontal (gum) disease and a greater risk for heart attacks and strokes.
Your mouth contains bacteria and when you allow bacteria to remain at your gum line, it can create an infection in your gums. This infection, called gingivitis, gum disease, or periodontal disease, poses a risk to your health. In its early stages, periodontal disease can often be reversible with proper treatment.
So, what is the connection? An active infection in your mouth has easy access to your blood stream. Have you ever noticed blood when you brush or floss? Blood during brushing and flossing is a sign of infection. When harmful bacteria have access to your blood stream, it can negatively affect your overall health.
At our Madera dental office, we focus on prevention in order to promote the health of our patients. Excellent home care, regular exams, and professional cleaning appointments all help prevent infection and tooth decay.
If you have some catching up to do or suspect you have periodontal disease, do not hesitate to call Keledjian Dental. We never lecture you or make you feel guilty because we know people stay away from the dentist for a variety of reasons. We welcome your return. We will help you get back on track so your teeth, gums, and heart remain healthy.