Toledo Dentist celebrates Heart Health all year long.
February is National Heart Health awareness month. Oral health affects your overall health. Periodontitis (gum disease) and heart disease share risk factors and
may occur simultaneously. Thorough brushing can help lower levels of inflammation in your body which can lower your risk for heart attacks.
“Although the findings indicate a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still unclear whether one actually causes the other,” says the American Heart Association. The two conditions have some of the same risk factors, including smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection. 3
Prevention is the best medicine to lower your risk. Health professionals recommend patients:
Brush and floss regularly
Manage their weight
Control their blood pressure
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Jonathan Frankel, D.D.S. Toledo, Ohio
It’s important to see a dentist regularly to make sure your teeth, gums and tongue are healthy. Your dentist will be able to detect poor nutrition and signs of developing health problems.
The staff at Frankel Dentistry often says, “a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body,” but did you know that visiting Dr. Frankel twice a year for a cleaning actually helps reduce your risk of heart disease. Why?
1.) The state of your smile is like a fortune teller’s ball. Many times different problems can be seen even before other symptoms arise. For example, when it comes to your ticker. Your teeth may be a good place to start because people who develop periodontal (gum) disease are also at a greater risk of developing heart disease.
2.) Treating periodontal (gum) disease improves heart health. As Dr. Frankel often states, “taking care of small issues before they become big problems,” is key in this situation. By treating gum disease, studies show that when the inflammation around the gums is treated it reduces the systematic stress in your body.
3.) Regular cleanings lower the risks of gum disease even starting. Plus there are also tons of other great benefits- fewer fillings, healthier gums, and that Frankel smile that you can’t help but show off.