Are you brushing as often as you should? It is recommended that patients of all ages brush their teeth at least twice a day. While a few skipped brushing sessions won’t harm you, if you neglect this dental hygiene task consistently, you’ll end up with consequences that go beyond your mouth.
The Issue with Inflammation
Inflammation is never a welcome occurrence, regardless of where it is in your body. However, when inflammation occurs in your mouth, it typically involves the swelling, irritation and infection of your gums – otherwise known as periodontal disease. Unfortunately, the inflammation of gum disease doesn’t always stay in your mouth. Countless studies have linked gum disease to other inflammatory diseases in the body, including heart disease.
Preventing inflammation in the mouth means understanding how it starts. When bacteria and plaque accumulate along the gum line, it creates hardened plaque that eventually irritates the gums and invites infection. This beginning stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which also marks the most treatable stage. Unfortunately, if gum disease is ignored, it begins to destroy the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Tooth loss as well as system inflammatory issues throughout your body can occur next. According to a CDC study, half of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal disease.
Why Oral Inflammation Matters to Your Heart Health
Researches believe that the bacteria that is present in gum disease can actually travel throughout the body and cause inflammation in the heart vessels and valves. Research also shows a link between gum disease and patients who have suffered from heart disease, stroke, and other vascular events.
The Power of Cleaning Your Smile
Knowing the connection between plaque buildup on your gums and the potential for heart attack and stroke makes it quite easy to appreciate your toothbrush. Brushing and flossing your teeth is the powerful tool you have each day to prevent inflammation in the mouth and protect your heart.
Keep in mind that plaque is inevitable, but it is an easy substance to scrub off before it hardens. If you are concerned that your tooth brushing efforts haven’t been up to par or you notice signs of gingivitis in your mouth (bleeding, swelling, redness), it is time to see your dentist. A professional dental cleaning can remove hardened plaque that your toothbrush can’t. This simple routine dental cleaning could save your smile as well as save your heart!
Contact Green Dental of Alexandria today to book your dental visit!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
Green Dental of Alexandria – Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725