Dr. Nahid Afshari
Oral Health and Your Heart
World Heart Day
We celebrate World Heart Day ever year on September 29th. The World Heart Association created World Heart Day to raise awareness that Heart Disease is the leading cause of death. Their aim is to drive action by educating people that by controlling risk factors, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke can be avoided.
Common risk factors leading to heart disease include tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity. Now add oral disease to the list. While researchers are still working to fully understand the connection between oral health and heart health, studies have linked gum disease with an increased risk of developing heart disease. For example a study was published by the Journal of American Heart Association . This study found a connection with heart disease and inflammation caused by periodontal disease. Therefore, oral health issues like cavities and untreated tooth decay that can lead to periodontal disease are a concern.
Here are some things to consider from such studies:
Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can affect the heart valves. Oral health may be particularly important if you have artificial heart valves.
Tooth loss patterns are connected to coronary artery disease.
There is a strong connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease and evidence that people with diabetes benefit from periodontal treatment.
Take Care of Your Teeth, Take Care of Your Heart