You may have more control over whether you develop heart disease later on in life than previously thought. Although research is still ongoing, there is some proof that gingivitis, which causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums, has a link to heart disease, once it arrives at the periodontal disease stage.
What is the link?
Scientists believe that it may be because the bacteria get into the blood stream by way of inflammation that has the potential to spread throughout the body by way of the blood stream.
Gingivitis and periodontal disease is caused by poor hygiene. This could simply be due to not properly brushing your teen or not brushing often enough. Another factor is the food you eat. Sugary foods, such as junk food, cause the bacteria on your teeth to release acids that deteriorate the enamel that protects your teeth. Once this happens, the bone will be infected over time, allowing the tooth to become separate from the bone.
Are you at risk for heart disease?
Although your doctor will ask questions about your family history and your health habits, he won’t ask you about your teeth, since he’s not your dentist. Here is what you can do, and how you can keep track of your gums in order to lessen your risk of heart disease.
- Proper oral hygiene is important. Brush your teen two or three times a day, especially after eating sugary foods.
- Here are the early warning signs for him disease.
- Red, swollen, and possibly bleeding gums
- Gums that separate from teeth, even a little bit
- Bad breath or aftertaste
If you notice any of those signs of gum disease, speak with your dentist right away. You might actually be saving your life.