How Are Your Teeth and Heart Connected?

We’ve been told our whole lives about how important it is to eat right and exercise to maintain a healthy body. We’ve also been taught how to take care of our teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. But, do you know how closely these two are related? More studies show that the key to maintaining overall health begins in our mouths – not so much by what we eat, but by how well we care for our teeth and gums.

Consider these alarming statistics:

  • 80% of Americans have gum disease!
  • People with gum disease are 270% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke!
  • Diabetics are twice as likely to develop gum disease!
  • Gum disease increases the risk of some cancers by as much as 59%!

Indeed, good oral health is an important key to maintaining overall health. This makes sense considering the mouth is the gateway to the entire body. Small bacterial infections cause gum disease and can actually spread throughout your body through your bloodstream. These bacteria get caught in arteries, contribute to circulatory diseases, and lead to heart attack and stroke.

In diabetic patients, gum disease causes even more trouble. It makes controlling diabetes more difficult, and exaggerates problems normally caused by diabetes alone, like kidney failure, poor circulation, and blindness.

We know oral health is as important as a healthy diet and exercise in maintaining a healthy body. Regular checkups and routine cleanings help keep those larger health issues under control, and also help you maintain a bright smile. Pannu Dental Care has a team of general dentists and dental specialists who will help you live a healthy, happy life. Call Pannu Dental Care at our San Jose, Cupertino, Dublin, or Fremont dental office to schedule your consultation.


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