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Your teeth play a larger role in your well-being than you may realize. There are connections between oral health and your heart. Many dental health problems, such as gum disease, are associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Adequate treatment is key to keeping your entire body healthy, as regular dental screenings can identify dental issues and prevent them in the first place. Heart disease is a life-changing health condition, and you deserve to be the healthiest version of yourself. Distinctive Dental Solutions is committed to promoting the highest well-being in all of our patients. We provide the information you need to enhance your oral health and improve wellness throughout your entire life, so reach out today to speak with our compassionate team. 

The Link Between Dental Health and Your Heart

Studies propose a possible link between dental health and heart disease. Specifically, tooth loss patterns are sometimes associated with coronary artery disease. This is because certain dental problems are tied to increased bacteria in the mouth, and the natural blood flow then carries the bacteria from the mouth throughout the entire body. Uncontrolled bacteria growth can lead to the infection entering the blood. When bacteria enter your blood vessels, it may travel to the heart and cause problems by affecting the heart valves, inducing an immune response that can cause damage. 

According to this theory, it’s not only the bacteria that leads to issues, but the associated inflammation and infection. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that various complications such as gum disease can increase the risk of heart problems down the line. 

How a Dentist Can Help

Heart health is one of the many reasons regular dental checkups are important. A professional teeth cleaning promotes better health throughout your body, and getting your semi annual checkup can ensure bacteria remains controlled. Thorough examinations can identify signs of inflammation and possible infection that may make its way to the heart. We can also help cardiovascular patients with a pre-existing diagnosis of a heart problem to make sure they stay the healthiest they can be. 

Visiting a dentist provides an opportunity to identify complications before they become worse, such as plaque buildup or even oral cancer. We can then deliver proper treatment and stop the issue from growing worse. Our dentists can help you build an effective care plan to maintain healthy teeth in your day-to-day life. Eliminating sugary foods, finding a toothpaste that works for you and implementing good flossing habits all contribute to long-term wellbeing and good dental health. 

  • In-depth dental checkups
  • Treatments for gum disease and other oral infections
  • Plaque and tartar management      

Visit Our Dentists to Improve Your Health

Dental hygiene does more than deliver a beautiful smile you can be confident of. It is an investment in your overall physical health, a decision that will benefit you for a lifetime. By taking care of your teeth, you are protecting your heart from harmful inflammation and infection. Your first step to build a preventative dental health plan is to visit a dentist at our office. Call our team at Distinctive Dental Solutions today to begin.

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