How Your Teeth Affect Your Heart

Believe it or not, the bacteria that can reside in your mouth can feed your body through your blood stream and affect numerous things including your

Do-Root-Canals-HurtWe would like to remind you to keep your oral health in check as it effects other aspects of your body and tell you how your teeth affect your heart.

1. Heart Disease. You have probably heard or read about gum disease and its correlation with heart disease.   People who have gum disease are more likely to also experience coronary artery disease.  Oral bacteria from your mouth can travel to your heart causing inflammation of the arteries.  Any plaque that has formed in your arteries is a perfect target for bacteria to attach itself, in turn increasing the risk of a heart attack.

2. Stroke. A secondary occurrence from inflammation of the arteries is a stroke.  The pesky bacteria that attach to plaque in the heart can cause restricted airflow to the brain, which can lead to a stroke.

3. Failure to Regulate Blood Sugar.  Another concern in relation to gum disease is the way your body can or can’t regulate blood sugar.  Research has shown that people who have gum disease and diabetes have a harder time keeping their blood sugar under control.