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The connection between Your Dental and Heart Health

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The connection between Your Dental and Heart Health

You may have heard that practicing good oral health could go a long way in preventing heart disease. Oral health can assist doctors with warning signs for various kinds of diseases which includes the heart.Vita Dental Spring is going to explain to you some of the  ways in which the two are associated.

Bacteria in Periodontal Disease

There is a connection between the two because research shows that those who have poor oral hygiene, especially from periodontal disease are at a higher risk of heart disease. This concept has been debated upon as a possibility and that by treating an existing gum disease, the risk of heart disease is reduced.

Research carried out suggests that people with the chronic periodontal disease have an increased thickness of their blood vessels. Bacteria that infect the gums causing gingivitis, travel to other connected blood vessels around the body. This exposes the blood vessels to damage and inflammation, tiny blood clots, and eventually leading to heart attack or stroke.

To back up this idea, remnants of oral bacteria have been found within the atherosclerotic blood vessels which are far from the mouth. Then again, antibiotics have proven ineffective at reducing the risk of cardiovascular attack.

It is rather not the bacteria that’s causing the problem per se, it’s the body’s response to inflammation that triggers vascular damage throughout the body, including the heart. The reason cardiovascular and gum disease may occur together is because of another factor such as smoking which is a risk for both conditions.

Calcium and Vitamin K

The dental-heart connection basically involves how your body manages calcium. It is known that our bones and teeth need calcium but your heart health depends on the body’s ability to keep most calcium away from your arteries. In as much as calcium is needed for blood clotting, too much can cause the hardening and narrowing of blood vessels.

When arteries become calcified, they can cause high blood pressure and heart failure which depends on a sufficient level of vitamin K2. This vitamin plays an important part in determining where calcium is deposited in your body. An increase in your vitamin K2 intake is shown to improve teeth strength, increased bone density, and prevent osteoporosis.

Research has found out that when vitamin K2 levels are insufficient, it can cause calcification of the arteries which increases the risk of heart disease.

Shared Effects of Dental and Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease and periodontitis both involve similar effects on the body including Inflammatory Proteins

The levels of CRP (C-reactive protein) in the bloodstream is a determinant factor on the risk of heart attack. When the levels are high, it’s even riskier. The amount of CRP also increases in those who have moderate to severe gum disease.

Bacteria

Some common types of bacteria that are associated with gum disease are also found in the hardened arteries that contribute to heart disease.

The fact that both diseases are associated with similar bacteria and inflammation, could be a reasonable evidence that there may be a connection between the two.

Common Risk Factors

In addition, there are habits in both cases that can predispose an individual to them. Both gum and heart disease share similar risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, old age, and inflamed arteries.

The point here is that these two could occur together, even though one doesn’t really have to cause the other. Each disease could have been caused by the same factors but might not be related. Still, more research needs to be conducted to determine what the direct connection might be. The common risk factors are a reason to believe that there could be a connection

We here at Vita Dental Spring agree that by taking good care of your teeth, you could help your heart as well. However, you shouldn’t look to prevent strokes or heart attacks only by brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Habits, like practicing a healthy diet or exercising more often, are shown to reduce the odds of heart disease. Therefore, try as much as you can to ensure these are integrated into your daily routine.

This does not lessen the benefits of keeping up with your dental health. It may not necessarily spare you from a cardiovascular attack, but practicing oral hygiene has other known benefits such that it prevents gum disease and tooth decay. Stick to your routine by always making sure to brush, floss, and do regular dental checkups to keep up with your oral health.

Oral health education and accessible dental care services should be provided to patients who have cardiovascular disease. This offers them an opportunity to improve and be aware of the outcomes. Meanwhile we still have a lot to learn and we look forward to more detailed studies on the link and correlation between dental health and overall health.

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