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Your heart and mouth: a connection

Oral health is often seen as a crucial aspect of overall well-being. However, recent studies have shed light on a surprising connection between oral health and heart health. Research suggests that maintaining good oral hygiene practices can significantly impact cardiovascular health.

Numerous studies have found a strong association between gum disease (periodontitis) and an increased risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association has highlighted that the bacteria responsible for gum disease can enter the bloodstream, causing inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation can then contribute to the development of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke. [Source: American Heart Association]

Additionally, chronic inflammation in the body has been identified as a significant risk factor for heart disease. Poor oral health, particularly gum disease, can trigger chronic inflammation within the oral cavity. This oral inflammation can act as a gateway for systemic inflammation, increasing the likelihood of cardiovascular complications. Research supports the notion that treating gum disease can reduce systemic inflammation and potentially lower the risk of heart disease. [Source: Harvard Health Publishing]

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits, can help prevent gum disease and lower the risk of heart-related issues. Here in Grand Junction, Dr. Birch and his team of dental hygienists can play a vital role in assisting individuals in attaining and maintaining good oral health. Dr. Birch's dedication to preventive care and expertise in periodontal treatments can contribute to reducing the risk of heart disease in patients.

Here's to healthy mouths and healthy hearts!