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How is tooth decay linked to Heart Disease

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How is tooth decay linked to Heart Disease

We all ignore our oral health, but get really worried when the doctor tells us that we have developed a heart disease. What if I tell you that your heart diseases are directly affected by your oral health? Sounds surprising, right?

Well, experts haven't been able to come up with a solid proof, but they are sure that oral health affects the heart in one way or the other. People who take their oral health seriously are less likely to get all these scary heart problems. Read on and find out more about how to take care of your heart and teeth:

Periodontal Disease:

One of the most common gum diseases that has been known to be directly connected to heart disease is the deadly periodontal disease. If a person develops cavity and doesn't treat it on time, there are chances that they may get this disease. It's a condition where the bacteria comes in direct contact with the gum tissue and starts to destroy first the gum and then, the bone. Now, you can understand why I called this disease deadly. The tooth, then becomes loose and the victim finds it difficult to chew food. If the condition gets worse, the tooth has to be extracted. This kind of oral infection has direct link with strokes, heart diseases, diabetes and low-weight, premature births.

So, now you understand why we have taken the time to write this article. Yes! To make you aware of the fact that you need to treat your oral problems with as much attention and care as you treat your heart problems because oral diseases do, in a way, pave way for those heart diseases.

Other Conditions:

As we have already mentioned above, periodontal disease occurs when cavities are not treated properly or not on time. However, there are other conditions too, that can result in periodontal disease. Two of them are:

  • Side effects of Medication: We know that our mouth saliva plays a vital role in fighting bacteria and cavity. However, there are certain medicines and drugs that can result in a dry mouth. A dry mouth has more chances of getting infected than a normal mouth.
  • Illness and diseases: Certain diseases and illness can also make you prone to developing periodontal diseases. Some common diseases are arthritis and diabetes.

How to take care of your teeth:

At this point, we are pretty sure that you have understood how important it is to take care of your teeth and gums. Here are some suggestions and tips that can help you in having a good oral routine. First of all, get rid of any cavity that you have. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist ASAP. Once we're done with that, you need to make sure that you brush twice a day and regularly. Some people suggest that you should brush after every meal, but that is not good. It makes your teeth weak. So, the best solution is to floss after every meal. Using a mouthwash is also a good idea.

 

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References

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/your-guide-gum-disease

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/periodontal-disease-heart-health

http://www.bannerhealth.com/Services/Health+And+Wellness/Ask+the+Expert/Heart+Care/_Dental+hygiene+and+heart+disease.htm