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Periodontal Disease and Heart Health: Unraveling the Link

December 14, 2023 9:00 am

The heart is one of the most important organs in your body. Responsible for the circulation of your blood to provide the body with nutrients and remove carbon dioxide, it’s easy to see how many might not think of their heart when it comes to the health of their mouth. Truthfully, your oral health and your heart are connected in more ways than you may know! Taking care of your oral health can help keep your heart going strong.


Infections are full of bacteria that love to spread to whatever they can. When you have gum disease or similar bacterial infections in the mouth, these bacteria can traverse your bloodstream and enter the heart. Once there, they can directly infect the heart’s valves. Should this happen, you’ll need to see a cardiologist immediately for potentially life-saving intervention.


More research is needed to confirm the connection between oral inflammation and the heart. However, scientists have found a potential link via the inflammation that precedes heart attacks and strokes. While several factors can affect these sudden heart-related illnesses, researchers have found bacteria usually found in the mouth in the fatty deposits of the heart’s vessels.

How Can I Protect Myself?

If you want to reduce your risk of heart problems related to your oral health, the best thing to do is practice good oral hygiene habits. Eat teeth-friendly foods and fuel your body with proper nutrition from a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Also, remember to practice good brushing and flossing habits and schedule regular visits to your dentist.

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Taking care of your health can be difficult with the hustle and bustle of life, but making time for good oral hygiene is a quick and effective way to help protect your heart and overall health. If you need an oral health check-up or have more questions about how your heart and mouth are connected, call Dickson Family Dental Care today to schedule your appointment!

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