Oral Health Matters: Periodontitis Can Cause Heart Disease

Shared Risk Factors & Mechanisms

Periodontitis & Ischemic Heart Disease

A Closer Look at Thrombogenesis or Blood Clotting

The Impact of Good Oral Health Habits

It is clear that taking good care of your oral health by maintaining good habits is even more important than your parents told you. It’s never too late to build good oral hygiene habits to avoid periodontal disease and other problems. 

The basics haven’t changed: brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day. Make sure that you’re brushing correctly, too. Make small circular movements with your brush at a slight angle to the teeth rather than just sawing back and forth. There are lots of great demonstration videos on the internet. It’s best to use a soft toothbrush unless your dentist advises you otherwise. If you struggle with traditional flossing, there are plenty of alternatives on the market. Speak to your dentist and try a few to find out what’s right for you.

Once you have your good oral hygiene habits down, it’s time to schedule your appointment with a dentist. In addition to making sure that everything is going well, your dentist or oral hygienist also gives your mouth a deep clean, giving attention to all those small, difficult spots that normal brushing can’t quite manage. You should be visiting your dentist twice a year – make your next appointment as you leave to ensure that you don’t forget.

Mastication: More Than Just Chewing

Good oral hygiene protects your health in many ways. In addition to the heart problems that periodontitis can cause, it can have more direct consequences, too. If you’re experiencing tooth or gum pain, it will affect your mastication (how you chew). That might not seem important, but chewing is a vital part of your digestive process – not to mention that poorly chewed food is inevitably a choking hazard. 

Chewing is the first step in your body breaking down food so that it can absorb its nutrients. Larger chunks of food entering your stomach can cause digestive problems like gas, bloating and constipation. Finally, not chewing your food properly makes you eat faster, which can cause you to eat more before you start to feel full.

If you don’t have your next dental checkup appointment booked, now is the time to do it! Our friendly, professional team of dental experts will help you take care of your teeth and gums and work with you to bring out your most dazzling smile.