Is there any link between the health of your teeth and gums and heart problems? Does maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and limiting your intake of sugar snacks work wonders for your ticker? Well, numerous theories have attempted to clarify the connection between gum disease and heart disease.
To begin with there is the belief that bacteria located in the mouth can have an adverse effect on the heart when they go into bloodstream. This then attaches to fatty plaques in the heart vessels which can lead to the development of clotting. This is a dangerous condition as it can limit or completely stop the degree of oxygenated blood transferring into your heart.
There are many out there, another being that swelling of the gums can increase the build up of bacteria and lead to swelling in the actual arteries.
No matter what the theory, the maintenance of oral health is something that needs to be taken very seriously. From a young age you should teach children a healthy teeth cleaning routine, which can then last them a lifetime and help them maintain a healthy heart.
At Harley Street Dental you can have a session with our dental hygienist, who will be able to give your teeth and gums a thorough cleaning and who will also be able to advise on the best way to keep your mouth in check.
Here’s to a healthy heart.
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