Did you know that issues with your teeth may be the sign of a deeper problem? Your oral health is important, and not just because you want to have a beautiful smile. Let’s take a look at some of the links between your oral health and your overall physical health.
The Link Between Your Oral Health and Your Heart
Although this link may seem surprising, your oral health and heart health are linked. If you have gingivitis or periodontitis—also known as moderate and advanced stages of gum disease—you may be at increased risk for heart disease.
Gum disease causes inflammation in the gums. If left untreated, this chronic inflammation can affect the rest of your body and put unnecessary strain on your heart.
Gum Disease Warning Signs You’ll Want to Share With Your Doctor
Many patients experience gum disease in one form or another. Let your dentist and doctor know if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Discolored or swollen gum tissue.
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss.
- Increased tenderness or sensitivity in your gum tissue.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Pus or infection between your teeth or in pockets in your gums.
- Loose adult teeth.
The early stages of gum disease are easily treatable. However, you may want to keep an eye on your heart health while a dentist helps you take care of your gums.
How Do I Prevent Gum Disease from Affecting My Heart?
Regular dental cleanings can remove harmful bacteria, prevent gum disease, and keep your bloodstream clean. Continue your regular brushing and flossing routine, and as soon as you suspect gum disease is sneaking up on you, tell your dentist.
Pay Attention to Bad Breath, Too
Did you know that chronic bad breath can also indicate other systemic health issues? Consistent bad breath may be caused by problems with your tonsils or infection in your sinuses. Other causes of bad breath include:
- Liver or kidney disease.
- Various cancers.
- Gallstones and other gastrointestinal disorders.
If you have bad breath that won’t go away and gum disease isn’t the cause, have a doctor check for other physical health problems. The sooner you know how to treat the cause, the better off you will be in the long run.
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