According to a 2007 article in the Harvard Heart Letter, your oral heath may have a big influence on whether you develop heart disease in your lifetime. Periodontitis, or extreme gum disease, can allow the bacteria in your mouth to penetrate your bloodstream more easily. Some of this bacteria can cause plaque in the arteries, eventually leading to heart attacks.
If you have a family history of heart disease or other cardiovascular problems, be sure to let us know. Here at Livonia Family Dental, we pride ourselves on a holistic approach to dental care. That means we understand that illnesses in one part of the body can and will affect other parts, as well.
The best way to make sure you’re taking good care of your heart—from a dental perspective—is to practice good oral hygiene. Develop the habits of flossing and brushing after every meal, no matter how small, and be sure to see us every three months for a checkup and tooth cleaning. Preventative measures are always preferable to treatment, so let’s work together to make sure you enjoy good dental health!