At our office, our Dentist in Vienna and team not only care about your dental health but we also care about your overall wellness. Your overall wellness includes the health of your heart. You may not realize it, but there is a close connection between your heart and mouth.
Extensive research from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that heart disease is the number one life threatening disease. Both gum and heart disease are inflammatory diseases. This can explain why heart disease and gum disease can occur at the same time.
The cause of periodontal disease (gum) is from a build up of plaque, which inflames your gum tissue. The build up of plaque creates pockets of harmful bacteria that settles into your gums and can eventually settle into your bloodstream. The mouth is a direct passageway to your body’s bloodstream. The same bacterium that causes gum disease has been discovered in heart arteries. Gum disease is powerful enough to attack and thicken the carotid arteries in your heart. When you receive treatment for gum disease from your Dentist in Vienna VA, it not only reduces inflammation in your gums but also reduces inflammation throughout your entire body to lower risk of heart complications.
With your Vienna Dentist, preventive care is the best care.
When you prevent an advanced oral disease, you are also decreasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Avoiding periodontal disease benefits you and your overall health. To do this:
• Brush your teeth twice daily
• Floss daily
• Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash
• Schedule routine check ups