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You may not realize it, but there is a direct relation between cleaning your teeth and heart disease. In fact, the health of your mouth, gums, and teeth is important in maintaining your overall health. When you start having trouble with your teeth, you may begin to have other health issues.

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How Can Clean Teeth Protect Against Heart Disease?

Oral health and heart disease are directly related to one another through the spread of bacteria and chronic inflammation. If you are not brushing your teeth properly or have overall poor oral hygiene, you run the risk of spreading bacteria and germs through the bloodstream along with increased inflammatory markers. When these bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to damaged areas and cause inflammation. Therefore, it is imperative to clean your teeth thoroughly. You should be brushing twice per day for two minutes each time and floss between the teeth to achieve clean teeth that will help protect against heart disease.

How Do I Prevent Dental Problems?

One of the most effective ways to prevent oral problems such as gum disease and tooth decay is to brush twice a day. Flossing is also important as it will clean in between your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings are also a vital part of maintaining healthy teeth. 

If you have a developing problem, your dentist can spot the problem early and take the necessary steps to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy.

How Does Poor Oral Hygiene Increase the Risk of Developing Diabetes?

Gum disease can lead to increased blood sugar levels, which increases the chances of developing diabetes. Those with diabetes are already at a high risk of developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can make diabetes more difficult to control. Therefore, it is imperative for a diabetic person to maintain good oral health.

What Should I Expect When I Visit the Dentist?

When you visit the dentist, you will receive a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. Your dentist will also take x-rays of your teeth to identify any problems within the teeth. If problems are found, such as cavities or gum issues, a plan of action will be developed and you will be ready to set up the next appointment.

Interested in Learning More?

Good oral health is necessary for overall good health. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, you must visit your dentist. If you already have periodontal issues, periodontal disease maintenance is necessary to ensure your mouth stays healthy. If you have any concerns or want to make sure your oral health is good, you can give us a call at 310-275-1090 to set up an appointment.