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Professional Dental Cleaning Help Decrease Heart Disease
We of course associate professional dental care with healthy teeth and avoiding cavities, but teeth cleaning may also prevent cardiovascular and heart disease by keeping the gums healthy and preventing or diagnosing gum disease.
How is Gum Disease Related to Heart Health?
Gum disease occurs when bacteria builds up in the mouth, feeding on food particles that collect just below the gum line. This leads to inflammation and eventually to infection that can cause the gums to recede. Receding gums cause teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. In fact, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It has also been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
It might seem strange that a problem in your mouth can affect your circulatory system. However, studies have suggested that this is the case. Inflammation from gum disease can spread to other areas of the body, along with the bacteria that causes it. If blood tests show that you have higher levels of some of these bacteria in your bloodstream, it can indicate a higher risk for heart disease. Doctors are not sure why this is the case, but studies continue.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
Your dentist can provide instructions on how to keep your gums free of inflammation and eventual gum disease. Brushing helps remove food particles and massage the gums to be sure they receive optimal blood flow. Don’t use a brush that is too stiff, as this could cause damage to your gums as well as to your tooth enamel. An electric toothbrush is particularly effective at keeping your teeth clean and your gums healthy.
Flossing helps remove particles from between the teeth that brushing doesn’t reach. Floss also reaches particles that are just below the gum line. It’s important to use the proper technique for the best results, so if you’re not sure how to floss correctly, ask your dentist for guidance. Cleaning between your teeth with a tool that uses a stream of water to reach between the teeth is also very effective. Most importantly, visit your dentist regularly for a teeth cleaning and for an exam and any necessary diagnosis.
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