How Poor Oral Hygiene Can Affect Your Heart

How Poor Oral Hygiene Can Affect Your HeartDo you know what dental plaque and arterial plaque have in common? Although these two substances are hugely different, they are linked by oral bacteria. When the bacteria in your mouth pass into your bloodstream, they can attach to the walls of the arteries, triggering inflammation and the growth of plaque. Over time, your risk of serious heart problems such as stroke and atherosclerosis can be increased.

Oral bacteria live in dental plaque, the sticky, rough film that builds up on your teeth throughout the day. When you brush twice a day, you keep the bacteria levels under control. However, if you fail to brush properly or miss spots especially near the gum line, the plaque can irritate your gums, causing inflammation. Gums may become swollen, red, and sore to the touch. They might even bleed when you brush and floss. They are no longer able to properly protect your teeth, and can allow bacteria into your bloodstream.

Good dental hygiene is vital. It removes plaque and prevents bacteria from reaching your bloodstream. Use a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth and reaches each tooth easily, as well as a fluoride-containing toothpaste that is ADA-accepted. You also need to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar buildup that you might miss during your daily cleanings.

When you are proactive about good dental care, you can keep your smile and whole body healthier. Call Dr. Frame today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

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