We all know that taking care of our teeth is important, but did you know that your oral health can significantly affect your long-term heart health?
If you suffer from gum disease at a moderate or advanced stage, you are at greater risk for heart disease than a patient with healthy gums. This is due to the spread of bacteria from your mouth to other parts of your body through your bloodstream. These bacteria can cause inflammation which leads to a varying range of cardiovascular conditions.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease:
-Red, swollen gums that are sore to the touch
-Bad breath or a “bad taste” in your mouth
-Gums appear as if they are receding or “pulling away” from the teeth
-Bleeding gums, especially when eating, brushing, or flossing
-Loosening of permanent teeth
There is good news, though. We can help you prevent and treat gum disease to help prevent long term issues.
In addition to regular dental visits and cleanings, we recommend brushing with a soft bristled brush twice daily and flossing between your teeth daily. Even then, however, there are other factors that can affect your oral health. That’s why Dr. Liggett and Dr. Johnson and the rest of our dental team are here.
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, please contact our office to discuss treatment options so we can help you get back on track to the best health possible.
Oral health is a much bigger concern than simply ensuring the longevity of your teeth. Your oral health is important for your entire system to function the way it is intended. We at River Valley Smiles care about your overall health and want to do our part to help you maintain the best possible well-being by helping you take care of your teeth and gums.
Call our office today, or visit us here (make an appointment ) to schedule your next appointment!