The Dental Health & Overall Health Connection

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Our dentist and team understand that taking care of your mouth is integral in caring for your body. Did you know that there is a connection between your oral health and the health of your heart? Some cardiovascular diseases can affect your dental health, and vice versa.

The Connection Between Your Heart & Oral Health
Studies have found that periodontal disease (gum disease) can affect your overall health, including the health of your heart. Those with advanced periodontal disease may have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, those with chronic gum disease may have increased thickness of the neck blood vessels. Before we fully understand the connection between the health of the heart and the health of the oral cavity more research needs to be done.

How to Help Your Oral Health If You Have a Heart Condition
If you have any form of cardiovascular disease, it is imperative that you tell Dr. Michael H. Connor and your regular dentist about your condition and what medications you are taking. The list of medications should also include vitamins and other nutritional supplements, as applicable. On your list, include the name of the drug, the dosage you are taking, and how often you take it.

Signs & Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Orlando Periodontics & Implants stresses the importance of improving and upholding your dental health. To care for your teeth and gums, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. In addition, schedule and keep regular. These simple practices can help prevent periodontal disease. If you do develop gum disease, it is important that you seek treatment. Some common symptoms to watch out for include:

– Red, inflamed gums
– Gums that bleed easily, particularly when you brush and floss
– Persistent bad breath
– Gums that have receded, or pulled away, from your teeth
– A change in your bite

If you notice one or more of these symptoms, be sure to visit your general dentist. Remember that gum disease is most easily treated in its early stages.

We invite you to contact our orthodontic office in Orlando, Florida, at 407-277-3300 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.