Bullard Family Dentistry
Quarterly Newsletter January 2016
Happy, Healthy New Year!
Happy 2016! We at Bullard Family Dentistry are wishing you a happy and healthy new year. We are here to help you achieve that. We are starting this quarterly newsletter to help keep you informed of the importance of dental care and how we can help you each step of the way. January through March we will be focusing on how a healthy mouth contributes to your overall health. Please make sure you "like" our Facebook page to keep up with us and to see fun videos and facts!
The Mouth and Heart Connection
How are periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease connected?
It has been suggested that the inflammatory proteins and bacteria associated with gum disease enter a person’s blood stream and can cause various effects on the cardiovascular system. A study published in the February 2005 issue of Circulation examined the presence of the bacteria known to cause periodontitis and the thickening of the blood vessel wall typically seen in heart disease. After examining samples from more than 650participants, the investigators concluded that the presence of the same bacteria known to cause periodontitis was associated with an increased level of blood vessel thickening
What can I do to keep my gums and heart healthy?
Practicing proper oral hygiene is essential to maintaining healthy gums. This includes flossing regularly, brushing twice a day with antibacterial toothpaste, and visiting a dentist at least every six months .A healthy diet and regular exercise can help improve both your cardiovascular health and your overall health.