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According to the American Heart Association, there is a connection between gum disease and heart disease. In fact, studies are bearing out that those with moderate-advanced gum disease are more at risk for heart disease than those who have healthy gums.

Also, the current state of your oral health serves as a signal to doctors that you may have other diseases, such as heart disease.

The link is bacteria and other kinds of germs in your mouth that spread through your bloodstream to other organs in the body. As they get to the heart, they can adhere to damaged parts and instigate inflammation. When this happens, you can get endocarditis, which is an infection located in the inner heart lining. Studies have also linked clogged arteries in the heart, as well as stroke, with the inflammation resulting from oral bacteria.

Gum disease is basically an infection of the tissues in the mouth that support your teeth. Not only that, but gum disease is a huge factor in the loss of teeth in adults. This is why the American Dental Association strongly urges people to practice strong oral health habits. Not only can this help your heart, but it promotes healthier teeth and gums. So, what should you do?

-Your goal is to brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes. Using an ADA-approved toothpaste that has fluoride in it will further protect your teeth.

-Floss once every day to get rid of plaque, stuck food particles, and oral debris.

-You want to stick to a healthy diet that provides balanced nutrition. Protect your teeth (and your waistline) but limiting snacking between meals.

-Along with your daily oral hygiene practice, schedule and keep routine dental exams and cleanings.

Please call 513-232-6560 if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Jeremy Borsky. Our Borsky Dental Group team in Cincinnati, Ohio is happy to help you have a healthier smile and a healthier body!