Want to Lower your risk of Heart Attack? Take care of your Teeth!

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Seeing your dentist twice a year is essential to not only your mouth, but your overall health as well. The American Dental Association advises that everyone receive a dental checkup and cleaning at least once every six months. These appointments keep your mouth healthy and looking good, significantly lowering your risk of oral health problems, but did you know that these twice-yearly dental visits actually could save your life? Your Orange City general dentist Dr. Terry Soule wants to explain how regular dental visits help lower your risk of a heart attack.

No matter what, plaque is going to form on your teeth

Even if you are very diligent about your dental hygiene, plaque is going to develop. It’s inevitable, and it occurs as a byproduct of normal eating combined with the microbiome of bacteria—good and bad. Tartar builds up and forms as a result of dental plaque that is allowed to remain in the mouth. Tartar is harder, stickier, and cannot be removed through normal brushing and flossing.

Plaque and tartar can lead to decay. Their presence can lead to halitosis (also known as bad breath) or the bacterial infection that causes gum disease. The threats don’t end there, though; if you don’t have this tartar removed from your mouth through a professional dental cleaning, you also face a higher risk of having a heart attack.

How does dental tartar affect your heart?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Fat and cholesterol are the biggest culprits when it comes to causing clogged arteries, but the accumulation of plaque and tartar in the mouth can filter into the bloodstream, narrowing blood vessels and elevating your susceptibility to cardiac problems. Medical research has detected strands of harmful oral bacteria in the plaque contained in clogged arteries in the hearts of patients with cardiovascular disease. If you develop gum disease, it also elevates inflammation levels throughout the body. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, your risk of heart disease doubles if you have untreated gum disease.

Protect your oral health and your heart

Research continues to explore the possible link between poor dental hygiene and heart disease, but we think there is enough data on the matter. If brushing and flossing, in combination with regular visits to your dentist, will keep your heart functioning the way it should, what do you have to lose? You’ll enjoy the benefits of a dental cleaning—fresher breath, whiter teeth, and reduced susceptibility to tooth decay—while also reducing your risk of heart disease. Terry Soule, DDS, offers these dental cleanings as part of each regular check-up at our dental office in Orange City. If you have gum disease, we can treat this ailment as well, offering several different methods of periodontal treatment including repetitive therapy (which combines root planing and scaling) and laser therapy, which vaporizes infected gum tissue without the bleeding, discomfort, and risk of infection that occurs if the same procedure is performed through traditional gum surgery.

You can trust us to safeguard your oral health, which is a key component to good overall health. Make your appointment at Terry Soule, DDS, (386) 775-1552. We welcome patients of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City, Florida. Our office currently is accepting new patients.

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