Bullard Family Dentistry
Quarterly Newsletter January 2016
Happy, Healthy New Year!
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.