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Is There A Connection Between Oral Health And Heart Health?

July 27, 2023 | Blog

Did you know that when you take care of your teeth and gums you’re also protecting your heart?

At Gulf Coast Dental Care, we take your oral well-being seriously and understand how it affects your overall health. From orofacial therapy to root canals, gum treatments, extractions and more — our expert dental team has you covered. With the latest technology and methods, you can rest assured our staff has all the tools and techniques needed to provide top-quality service for our Gulfport patients.

Read on for more information about gum and heart disease and the connections between the two.

Dental Health And Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the easiest illnesses to contract. Because bacteria can accumulate within your mouth quickly, daily brushing and flossing habits are essential to ensure oral health. Once plaque, or layers of harmful bacteria, begin to cover your teeth and harden, your risk for cavities increases.

Tooth decay can cause bad bacteria to multiply quickly in your mouth. This makes consistent trips to the dentist for cleanings and extractions even more vital. The surest way to safeguard your mouth and keep gum disease at bay is through regular dental hygiene practices.

Be proactive and visit us at Gulf Coast Dental Care before your dental health leads to gum disease.

How Does Oral Health Affect Heart Health?

Interested in learning more about the connections between dental health and heart health?

Though it may seem far-fetched that the state of your mouth can affect your heart, there’s very clear evidence showing that each impacts the other in powerful ways. Poor oral health can put you at a higher risk for:

  • Infections
  • Fevers
  • Inflammation
  • Stroke
  • Blocked arteries

When you neglect your dental well-being, harmful bacteria can grow on your teeth and eventually travel through your bloodstream. These nasty microbes can attach themselves to your blood vessels and wreak havoc throughout your body.

Poor Dental Care Can Put You At Greater Risk Of Heart Disease

Gum disease is extremely mobile since it can enter your bloodstream and be carried all across your body. Since your blood is circulated through your heart, this organ is extremely vulnerable to bacteria. The inflammation that characterizes gum disease can negatively impact your heart valves and arteries, increasing your chances of having a heart attack or a serious stroke.

Watching for signs of gum disease and stopping this infection from spreading is important for your overall health and well-being.

Contact Gulf Coast Dental Today!

Don’t wait for the warning signs of gum disease to appear in your mouth. Maintain consistent brushing, flossing and nutritional habits for healthier gums and a stronger heart!

At Gulf Coast Dental Care, we know how hard it is to find a dentistry team you can rely on for high-quality dental services. Our dental professionals are highly qualified experts in their field, so you can rest assured you’ll be in good hands. No matter what you need, whether it be a root canal, filling or just a routine cleaning — our team is here to help.

Reach out to a member of our staff to set up an appointment today!

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