Dentists say link between oral and cardiovascular health

Recent studies have shown that there is some sort of connection between lacklaster oral health and poor cardiovascular health such as heart disease. Moderate or advanced periodontal disease can be linked to a higher chance of heart disease. Periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Even though there is a correlation between the two, there has not been any proof of cause from one to another which means that having one doesn’t necessarily instantly make you more likely to get the other.

There are, however, multiple risk factors that both periodontal disease and heart disease have in common. These are poor nutrition, smoking cigarettes, diabetes, and being a male.

There are many ways to help prevent periodontal disease and some of them also help reduce the chance of heart disease as well. Here are some recommendations from a local dentist, Sylvester Family Dental. Some of these methods include: properly brushing 2-3 times a day preferably right after meals, flossing daily, rinsing with mouth wash twice a day, avoid smoking cigarettes or using tobacco in general, eat a well-balanced diet.

All of the above will help prevent one, the other, or both issues. We’re sure to see more studies and data become available on the topic in the future, given how much of an issue heart disease is currently, especially in the United States.