Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body- Cardiovascular Disease

The number 1 cause of death in the United States is cardiovascular disease. It claims more lives than ALL types of cancer combined.

You may have already heard that mouth bacteria can make heart disease worse.

How are they related?

Let’s list some facts first:

  1. Gum disease is linked with blood vessel disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
  2. People with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease.
  3. Heart disease patient’s risk of death increases with every tooth loss.

So how?

When you have gum disease, dangerous oral bacteria enter's the body’s bloodstream.

Bacteria travels through the body and reaches the heart.

Bacteria causes inflammation and damage of blood vessels, blood clot, and restriction of blood flow, effectively choking the heart and forcing it to pump faster. This leads to heart attack and stroke.

Want more details?

When you have gum disease, your immune cells release signaling molecules (called CRP, HBALc, AGE) to promote inflammation. This causes damage to the blood vessel lining.

Gum disease is the only known disease to increase specific enzymes (called Lp-PLA2), which increased plaque formation in the artery.

In conclusion:

Bacteria in gum disease is very dangerous to the heart.

Regular dental exam and gum therapy (Craycroft Prime does not call it cleaning) is an important and very easy step towards a healthy heart.

CALL today for your dental exam and gum therapy for Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body.

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