You may already be aware that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. What you may not know is that research suggests a strong link between plaque on your teeth and heart disease. In honor of American Heart Month, we want to underline the importance of dental health and care for good heart health.
Plaque on your teeth harbors bacteria, which then enters your bloodstream. Some experts believe that this contributes to blood clots forming in your coronary arteries, which cause heart attacks. Bacteria from your mouth may also weaken your immune system and cause chronic inflammation throughout the entire body–including your arteries. It appears that unless the pathogenic (dangerous) bacteria that live in your mouth are removed, they cause a “low-grade” infection that your body must continually fight. This inflammation also contributes to hardening of the arteries.
Taking steps to prevent heart disease is something that we should do year-round. Practicing good dental hygiene benefits not just your smile, but your total well-being and health as well! Call Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman today to set an appointment that could improve your life.