Did you know that up to 50% of heart attacks and strokes are triggered by oral pathogens? (Source: Circulation, 2013). It might seem surprising, but the connection between oral health and heart health is profound. At Complete Health Dentistry of the Emerald Coast, we're here to support you on your oral health journey, lowering your systemic risk for inflammatory diseases such as heart attacks along the way.
The Mouth and Heart Health: A Gateway to Systemic Wellness:
Your mouth is not just a canvas for a beautiful smile; it's intricately linked to the health of the entire body. Pathogens in your mouth can find their way into the bloodstream by way of the gums, through common activities like brushing, flossing, and even chewing. The pathogens then circulate into the bloodstream, leading to a cascade of effects that impact your overall well-being. Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss? This may be a sign that you have an oral infection.
The importance of maintaining good oral health extends far beyond preventing cavities and gum disease—it directly contributes to your heart health. Oral pathogens, when left unchecked, can become a silent threat to your cardiovascular system. The link between gum disease and heart disease is well-established, with research showing that these oral pathogens can contribute to the development of arterial plaques, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Taking Control with Salivary Testing:
To discover your personal risk and address this crucial connection, we utilize saliva testing. This allows us to pinpoint and target the specific oral bacteria that pose a threat to your oral and systemic health. By identifying these high-risk pathogens, we can tailor your treatment plan to address your unique needs, providing personalized care.
Schedule Your Appointment Today:
Make heart health a priority this February (American Heart Month)! Taking action now can make a significant difference in your overall well-being. Schedule your appointment with Complete Health Dentistry of the Emerald Coast today. Our team is ready to provide you with the individualized care you need, combining objective diagnostics, personalized treatment plans, and a commitment to your oral and systemic health.
Don't wait until your gums start bleeding, you experience pain while chewing, or your teeth start to loosen; take control of your health journey today. Contact us now to schedule an appointment and begin your journey toward a healthier, happier mouth.