There has been much research and speculation about the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy heart. Current research suggests that bacteria in the mouth can be linked to bacteria and plaque buildup in arteries. People who have poor oral hygiene and develop gum disease are at two to three times the risk of having a stroke, heart disease or heart attack. While this link between periodontal disease and cardiac arrest isn’t definitively a cause and effect relationship, there is evidence of some type of correlation.
Inflammation is Key
Chronic inflammation is a significant problem that contributes to many health problems. Atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to plaque buildup, is especially impacted by chronic inflammation. The human body responds to periodontal disease with inflammation. This increases the overall amount of inflammation in the human body and contributes to many diseases. In recent years, there has been a focus on reducing inflammation in the body to combat serious illness. A good dental hygiene regimen is a great step to fight off inflammation.
Oral Bacteria Impairs Healing
Beyond the inflammation factor, there is also the bacteria that thrive in a dirty mouth. A recent study in the UK found that the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease can inhibit arterial repair after a coronary event. There appears to be an enzyme the bacteria generate that limits the body’s immune cell’s ability to repair damage to the cardiovascular system.
Keeping a mouth healthy will help those who have suffered from a heart attack to avoid further problems. Eliminating this bacteria will allow the body to heal properly.
Best Way to Achieve Oral Health
Many people are impacted by gum disease and some point in their life. Tooth loss in adults can be a direct result of periodontal disease or gingivitis. Gum disease can take some time to develop, consistent daily oral hygiene practices will help stem the possibility of gum disease developing.
What’s the best way to keep your mouth clean? Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. A commitment to oral hygiene not only keeps your smile looking great, minimizes the possibility of tooth decay and reduces the need for extensive mouth reconstruction. The other key factor for keeping a healthy mouth is regular dental visits to your Austin cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dan Matthews. Annual checkups and cleanings help to ensure that your oral health is intact and you are in the best possible shape for your overall health.