The Connection Between Your Mouth and Heart
More and more studies are confirming the connection between oral and cardiovascular health. We at Cedar Creek Dental in Highland wanted to take a moment to share the data that shows how oral health is a strong indicator of heart health.
Why Mouth and Heart Health Are Connected
The same bacteria that infect gums and cause gingivitis and periodontal disease also travel throughblood vessels to elsewhere in the body, causing inflammation and damage. Such damage has led to blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
A 2018 study analyzed data from nearly a million people who experienced more than 65,000 cardiovascular events (including heart attack) and found that:
Gum disease increases risk for heart attack by nearly 50%, according to a recent study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. This study tested the link between gum disease and heart attack risk.
Researchers found that gum disease was significantly more common in heart attack patients than healthy adults. Approximately 43% of heart attack patients had gum disease, while gum disease affected only 33% of healthy adults.
According to a 2012 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease affects nearly half of American adults over the age of 30.
Taking Care of You with a Mouth and Body Health Connection In Mind
We at Cedar Creek Dental in Highland focus on your overall health as well as your optimum oral health and how it is all connected. In addition to your dental cleaning and exam we also perform oral cancer screenings, ask about sleep habits, medications and more.
In order to provide his patients with the most current information in treatments, procedures and dental products, Dr. von Hoven maintains nearly a dozen memberships in professional and health organizations.
Have questions or ready to schedule an appointment? Call us at (618) 205-9903 or go online and contact us. We are always happy to help.