At our office, our Ashburn Dentist and team are not only compassionate about your oral health but we also care about your overall wellness. Your overall wellness includes the health of your heart. The mouth is a direct passageway to your body’s bloodstream. Most people do not realize the close connection between the heart and mouth.
Extensive studies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim that heart disease is the number one life threatening disease. Gum and heart disease are inflammatory diseases. This can explain why heart disease and gum disease can occur at the same time in the body.
Periodontal disease (gum) is formed by plaque build up, which causes inflammation in your gum tissue. This build up of plaque creates pockets of harmful bacteria that settles into your gums and can eventually settle into your bloodstream. The same bacterium that causes gum disease has been found in heart arteries. Gum disease is powerful enough to thicken and attack the carotid arteries in your heart. When you are treated for gum disease from your dentist in Ashburn VA, it not only reduces inflammation in your gums but also reduces inflammation throughout your whole body to decrease the risk of heart complications.
With your dentist in Ashburn, preventive care is the best care.
When you prevent an advanced oral disease, you are decreasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Avoiding periodontal disease benefits your overall wellness. Simply, follow these healthy habits to help prevent gum disease:
• Brushing your teeth twice daily
• Flossing daily
• Rinsing with an anti-bacterial mouthwash
• Scheduling routine check ups
Schedule appointments twice a year for an exam and a professional cleaning.