Having strong, healthy teeth and gums has always been important. But now we know there’s even more reason for you to take care of your oral health. In the last decade, scientists and researchers have found mountains of evidence linking oral inflammations and infections like gum disease to just about every system in your body, including your heart.
At PhD Dental, your Inglewood, CA dentist values you as a patient and a person, and your general health and well-being matters as much to us as your oral health does. Informing you about issues that affect your mouth and body is critical to us and the job we do as dentists.
Heart Disease and Your Oral Health
The findings of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicate that gum disease can put you at risk for heart disease. While scientists continue to investigate this connection, our Inglewood, CA dentists know that preventing gum disease needs to be a priority for everyone.
Coronary heart disease is a significant health issue for millions, and women are at particulary high risk. About one in five females die due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for women in the US.
Steps to Lower Your Risk of Gum Disease
At PhD Dental, the reason we stress prevention is that visiting our comfortable office for dental exams and teeth cleanings twice a year is much easier than dealing with one dental problem after another.
During your exams and teeth cleanings, our Inglewood dentists look for issues like cavities and gum disease. Routine dental cleanings minimize your risk of gum disease, which in turn lowers your risk of heart disease.
In addition to routine dental appointments, you can support good heart health and oral health with:
- Diet - A healthy diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil, fish, and legumes is good for your heart and helps keep your teeth strong and healthy.
- Exercise - A healthy lifestyle and exercise are crucial to heart health. If you haven’t been active lately, walking is a great place to start!
- Smoking – According to the American Heart Association, smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. The habit also reduces your body’s ability to fight infection, putting you at higher risk for gum disease
- Alcohol – Drinking in moderation is okay, but heavy drinking increases your caloric intake and can lead to high blood pressure and heart failure. Consuming alcohol also leads to dry mouth, another oral condition that puts you at increased risk for gum disease.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam and Cleaning
At PhD Dental, we value you as a patient and a person, and your overall health matters to us as much as your oral health. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please call our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera dental office to get started.