The Mouth and Heart Connection: Why It Matters
Heart disease affects nearly every person in the United States.
It’s estimated that half the population has some form of cardiovascular disease. Even those who don’t have it know someone who does.
Finding preventative treatment is vital in the fight against heart disease. By focusing on the mouth and heart connection, your Dr. Eric Von Hoven can help reduce your risk of this life-threatening disease.
What Is the Mouth and Heart Connection?
When you think about your oral health, your first thought might not be about high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. Researchers have found, though, that there’s a distinct link between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease.
Chronic inflammation or infection of the gums is a good indicator that the patient will have (or already has) heart disease. Bacteria and inflammatory proteins from the mouth enter the bloodstream and travel through the cardiovascular system. The bacteria that cause gum disease has been shown to thicken the walls of blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease.
How to Take Care of Your Oral Health
Thankfully, you can take steps to improve both your heart and oral health.
- Excellent dental home care, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, are a must.
- It’s also important to see your Highland dentist every six months. Doing so will allow your dental team the chance to catch dental disease early. Plus, they’re able to remove tartar (hardened plaque) that is impossible for you to remove. Failing to remove it will lead to inflammation of the gums and periodontal disease.
Your Health is a #1 Priority at Cedar Creek Dental
At Cedar Creek Dental they want you to feel great about your teeth and to smile with confidence. But aesthetics is not his number one priority – your health is.
Dr. Eric von Hoven, who has been in practice in Highland for 28 years, focuses most of his efforts on ensuring the health of every patient. He’ll take steps to help you arrest periodontal disease and reduce your risk of dental decay – all in an effort to keep you as healthy as possible.
Dr. von Hoven and the Cedar Creek Dental team are an integral part of your health care team.
Do you want a healthy, beautiful smile? Contact us today at 618-654-4551 to schedule your new patient examination.