Word has it, there’s an apparent correlation between the health of your teeth and the condition of your heart. Say what? They’re saying that the basis for dental domination, BFR (brush, floss rinse), may be helping out a bit more than just what’s in your mouth. Researchers found that people who develop some type of gum disease and at a double risk for heart disease. Another study of 320 adults, found that the half of the sample who had heart disease, also had tooth loss, bleeding gums, or gum disease. Wowza – they done been linked!
Peter M. Spalding, DDS, associate professor at the university of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln, says that there’s reasonable explanation for this seemingly impossible link between healthy teeth and a healthy heart. The primary middle man is inflammation. Dr. Spalding explains how improper dental care leads to an increase in the likelihood of gum disease. Once that gum disease stakes its spot, your mouth becomes an environment for unwelcome bacteria to grow, when it shouldn’t. Further, gum disease typically causes your gums to bleed, which open your gums up as a tunnel through which the bacteria can travel. Enabling bacteria to travel through your blood vessels may ultimately contribute to the formation of blood clots or plaque build-up in your arteries, which are the catalysts of heart disease.
They’re far from solidifying a valid and sustainable conclusion to the correlation between poor dental health and heart disease, Mr. Spalding says; but the fact that heart disease – along with stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, and more – is even in the game takes dental care to a whole new level of importance. This possible link between healthy teeth and a healthy heart cannot be taken lightly.
So, what can you do? Well, it’s simple! Do whatever is necessary to keep gum disease far away from your mouth. The American Academy of Periodontology asserts that of those people older than 55, half has gum disease. HALF! Further, gum disease is the culprit for why some people over 35 lose their teeth. Nope. Nobody’s got time for that. If you’re experiencing any of the following, go to your dentist STAT because they could be a sign of gum disease: sour taste in mouth, bleeding/tender gums, loose/sensitive teeth, painful chewing, and/or persistent bad breath.
With all of this said, I need everyone to commit to BFR with me… You Brush. You Floss. And you Rinse. Until you can’t BFR anymore! Do it for your teeth, and do it for your heart.
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