How Plaque Affects the Heart

Did you know that people who suffer from periodontal disease (gum disease) have a higher risk of strokes and coronary artery disease? Gum disease is often triggered by plaque overload!

Oral plaque does affect the heart. This is why proper oral care, which minimizes the presence of plaque, is so vital to staying healthy over the long term. Today, we're going to share more information about the connection between plaque and the heart, as well as oral health care tips which will help you to reduce the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.

Why Is Plaque Harmful?

There are two possible reasons why plaque is linked with the risk of heart issues. One possible reason is that the germs which trigger gum disease put toxins into the bloodstream and these toxins contribute to the formation of fatty plaques within the arteries. Deposits made from plaque may trigger serious issues such as blood clots. Blood clots negatively impact blood flow.

The second possible reason is that bacteria provoke the liver organ to produce proteins in higher-than-average amounts. These proteins cause inflammation in the blood vessels. This may set the stage for a stroke or a heart attack.

Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

When tartar and plaque aren't removed, they become harmful. If you suspect that you may suffer from periodontal disease, you should schedule an appointment with a local dentist.

Dr. Johay Amith from Dental Today says, “If you don't have dental coverage, look for community services. Some dentists will charge on a sliding scale based on income, in order to help those in need by making the cost of dental care more affordable”.

If you see signs including chronic bad breath, gums which move away from teeth, a bad taste in the mouth, gums which are reddened, tender and swollen and separation or loosening of permanent teeth, it may be an indicator that periodontal disease may be negatively impacting your oral health. If you find that your teeth seem to fit together differently when you bite down, periodontal disease may be the reason why.

In addition, if your dentures don't fit properly (as they used to), you will benefit from visiting a dentist and finding out if gum disease is changing the way that your dentures fit. Gum disease is often triggered by too much plaque so, it's important to try and reverse periodontal disease as soon as it strikes. It’s never too late to see a dentist. A lot can be done to improve oral health, whether you are experiencing gum disease or another oral health issue.

Dental plaque contains bacteria. To combat the growth of plaque, get your teeth cleaned by a dentist every six months and brush and floss twenty minutes after every meal. Other forms of dental care may be needed. However, only a licensed dentist will be able to recommend the right processes. This is why regular dental examinations and cleanings are so important.

Take Good Care of Your Teeth

There is a lot you can do in order to minimize the presence of plaque. Aside from brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for check-ups and cleanings, you may want to avoid sugary foods and acidic foods. Both negatively impact oral health. Consider supplements which are proven to improve oral health. Examples include probiotics and fish oil. Lastly, eating an apple a day will be a great way to clean your teeth when no toothbrush is handy.

Now that you know how plaque affects the heart, why not improve your oral care routine today and book an appointment with your dentist?

Guest Bloggers Bio:

Robert Hudson is studying a bachelor of Communications and majoring in journalism. He has a passion for health and comes from a family of dentists. For the last 6 years he has lived in New Zealand and is determined to continue living in this beautiful country. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Robert please message via Google +.


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