A Healthy Smile Could Be an Indicator of a Healthy Heart

Dental Care and Heart Health - Woodinville

May 8, 2015 — by Cristin Dowd, DDS
Tags: General Dentistry Tooth Decay Restorative Dentistry

A middle-aged female patient on a bicycle, smiling to reveal her healthy teeth and gums, suggesting good dental health and heart healthIn 2015, we understand more about the human body than ever before. We understand that virtually every part of the body influences every other part of the body to varying degrees, and that the major systems of the body all have to work together harmoniously for optimal health to be achieved. This is why general dentistry is as important as any other branch of medicine when it comes to caring for the health of the whole body. The mouth is the starting point for the digestive system, which must function seamlessly with the body’s other systems, including the cardiovascular system.

Indeed, the relationship between oral health and the health of the heart is one of the most crucial to the overall health of the human organism. For years, this relationship was suspected by scientists and researchers; now, it has been clinically proven by multiple studies, and is continually being reinforced by new research. The relationship is a two-way street: a healthy mouth helps to contribute to a healthy heart and vice-versa. Likewise, an unhealthy mouth can have a negative effect on the health of the heart, while heart disease can produce oral symptoms.

As experts in the relationship between dental care and heart health, Woodinville dentists Cristin Dowd and Ken Wu can help you and your family achieve the perfect balance between oral health and overall health that you desire. Simply visit them today to start down the road toward excellent dental health.

What is the relationship between oral health and heart health?

The most direct link between your oral health and your heart health can be identified in the soft tissues of your mouth, specifically in the periodontal, or gum, tissues. Studies have shown that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from heart disease than those who do not have gum disease. More alarmingly, people with periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease, face a higher risk of having a heart attack than people who either do not have gum disease or who have gingivitis, the less severe form of gum disease.

At Signature Smiles, we are able to diagnose gum disease in its earliest stages, when it is easiest to treat. Our advanced diagnostic technology allows us to pinpoint accumulations of tartar and bacteria beneath the gum line so that we can prevent inflammation of the gums and the development of periodontitis. However, we are also able to treat advanced gum disease, which will help to minimize the risk of more serious oral health issues, as well as heart and whole body health problems.

The best way to ensure that you maintain good oral health is to visit our practice twice a year for thorough exams and professional cleanings, as recommended by the American Dental Association. In conjunction with regular medical exams, you can help to ensure that both your mouth and heart remain healthy for a lifetime.

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To learn more about dental care and heart health, please contact Signature Smiles today.

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