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Visiting Your Dentist is Not Just Good for Your Teeth

When you visit your dentist regularly, it's not just your teeth that benefits from the routine. Studies have shown a correlation between oral health and heart disease.

By FRANZ A.D. MORALES
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 | 11:49 AM

When your teeth feel and look healthy, your heart is healthy too. What at first seems to be radically unrelated, experts feel is more linked than we ever knew.

Recent studies have shown that oral bacterium might cause cardiovascular disease, and by brushing every day, you keep heart disease at bay too.

According to the Harvard Heart Letter, in people with periodontitis – which is an erosion of tissue and bone that support the teeth – chewing and can release bacteria into the bloodstream. These oral bacteria that cause periodontitis have also been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart and elsewhere, giving scientists a clue to the link between oral and cardiovascular health.

And the plaque found in the arteries, ultimately, can lead to a heart attack.

Oral bacteria can also cause harm to blood vessel or cause blood clots by releasing toxins that resemble proteins that are found in artery walls or the bloodstream. When the immune system responds, these toxins can harm the vessel walls and make blood clot more easily. It is also noted that inflammation in the mouth spurs inflammation throughout the body, including arteries, where it can lead to a heart attack and stroke.

Though studies are still ongoing, it is also important to note that an oral bacterium is not the sole cause of cardiovascular disease. A healthy diet, plenty of exercise, and good hygiene are all important elements of a healthy lifestyle, and it is a combination of these can help you maintain good health.

Brushing at least twice a day, limiting sugary snacks, and visiting a dentist regularly, will go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums, and your heart, healthy for life.

If you haven’t done so yet, check with a dentist to give yourself peace of mind that your personal oral health is up to standard. Visit the Flintridge Dental Studio at 4542 Rinetti Lane, La Canada, Flintridge or set up an appointment by calling (818) 495-4969.

With the latest dental equipment, painless procedures, and skilled and genial dental health professional, Flintridge Dental Studio is the perfect place to keep your oral health in check.

To learn more about the services Flintridge Dental Studio offers, visit http://flintridgedentalstudio.com or call (818) 495-4969 for more information.

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