As part of National Heart Month, Valley-Wide is focusing on education around keeping your heart healthy. Our Chief Dental Officer, Stacey Robben, shares some tips on how good oral health habits can help prevent heart disease.
Evidence supports an increased risk of hardening and narrowing of arteries, which is when plaque builds up in the arteries, amongst individuals with chronic gum disease (periodontitis). Studies have shown that individuals with periodontitis have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. This is possibly due to inflammation.
Additionally, there is evidence that having cavities and likelihood of losing teeth is higher in patients with cardiovascular disease.
In order to avoid periodontitis and serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, make sure to visit your dentist on a consistent basis. Valley-Wide recommends regular cleanings for you and your family every six months or twice a year.