Our dentist and team understand that taking care of your mouth is integral in caring for your body. Did you know that there is a connection between your oral health and the health of your heart?
The Connection Between Your Heart & Oral Health
Studies have found that periodontal disease, which is also called gum disease, can affect your overall health, including the health of your heart. Those with advanced periodontal disease may have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, those with chronic gum disease may have increased thickness of the neck blood vessels.
How to Help Your Oral Health If You Have a Heart Condition
If you have any form of cardiovascular disease, it is imperative that you tell Dr. Frank Celenza and your regular dentist about your condition and what medications you are taking. Make sure that you update this list as needed and that your list includes both prescription and over-the-counter medicines like antacids.
Providing your dentist with this list allows him to compensate for any side effects that may affect your mouth. For instance, some medications can cause dry mouth, which in turn can cause bad breath and an increased risk for cavities and gum disease.
Signs & Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Although the full implications of the connection between the heart and dental health are yet to be understood, our office stresses the importance of improving and upholding your dental health. To care for your teeth and gums, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. In addition, schedule and keep regular cleaning appointments. These simple practices can help prevent periodontal disease. If you do develop gum disease, it is important that you seek treatment as soon as possible at our office.
For more information, please contact our office in New York, New York, at 212-327-2623 today.