American Heart Month, Why You Should Show Love To Your Gums

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Bringing awareness to heart health is beneficially to all ages and important as we try to enhance the health of our communities. February is recognized as American Heart Month and a time where we can focus on nutrition and other leading contributors to our heart’s health. As we recognize the organ that works tirelessly to supply oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, let’s reflect on the interesting link researchers have found between dental health and heart health.

What Many Don’t Know

Through many studies, connections have been made with linking heart health with that of our oral health. A Harvard Health study showed that compared to those with healthy gums those with periodontal (gum) disease are 2X-3X more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or another cardiovascular event. Many believe the bacteria found in periodontal disease finds its way to the heart through bleeding gums.

Inflammation, More Than A Clue

Inflammation is your immune system’s way of fighting infections. If the immune system becomes overwhelmed, as would be the case if untreated gum disease keeps resupplying the bloodstream, chronic inflammation results. It may not be the bacteria alone that causes the heart health challenges. Rather, inflammation is likely to blame.

While research is still in full effect, we know that the body gives many signs of underlying conditions. When we think about our oral health it’s important to understand how it plays a role in our overall health.

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