Your Mouth, The Gateway to Your Body

by | Nov 17, 2015 | Good Habits!

Daily brushing and flossing are more important than you think.

In recent years there has been an increased interested in possible links between mouth health and overall health. Periodontitis has been linked to various body health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and possibly stroke and heart attack.

Gum disease, gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. The gum will begin to pull away from the teeth and form pockets that collect debris and bacteria later causing infection.

Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

Gum disease and heart disease often go hand in hand. Studies have shown that there is a high increase in numbers of patients with heart disease have periodontitis, compared to those with no heart disease. Inflammation in the mouth causes inflammation in the blood vessels. This causes blood vessels to travel less between the heart and the rest of the body, raising blood pressure.

Heart Attack and Stroke

The bacteria from inflammation can travel to the arteries in the heart and cause them to harden. Once the arteries have hardened this decreases or prevents blood flow, increasing chances of heart attack or stroke.

Continue good oral hygiene and with our help we will catch gum disease before it becomes a major health problem.

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Merle Saldivar

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