Hello Friends!

Here’s some more valuable information from Delta Dental’s Mouth Matters Information Series:

Taking good care of your teeth and gums may be a key factor to good heart health.  Studies have shown that both periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease have similar underlying causes including age, tobacco use, genetics, stress, medications, poor nutrition and obesity.*

However, another casual factor is the build up of dental plaque over time.  Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, occurs when bacteria in the mouth grow into plaque, causing inflammation and bleeding in the gums.*  When left untreated, the plaque can spread below the gum line, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream.  Due to the inflammation and the spread to the bloodstream, it’s believed that there is an increased risk for other systemic diseases such as heart disease.**

But here’s the good news!  you can reduce your risk of heart disease and periodontal disease by simply practicing good oral health habits every day.  Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits are more important than ever for your mouth, heart and general overall wellness.

Do you or someone you know have dental concerns?  Have you noticed any of the following?

– Gums that bleed easily

– Red, swollen, tender gums

– Gums that have pulled away from the teeth

– Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

– Permanent teeth that are loose or separating

– Any change in the way the teeth are biting together

– Any change in the fit of partial dentures

Did you know?

More than 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis 9an advanced stage of gingivitis).*

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your dental health, please give us a call or visit us at http://www.brunnerfamilydental.com.  We’d be happy to help.

Sincerely,

Your friends at Brunner Family Dental

* American Academy of Periodontology. Gum disease and Heart Disease, http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease.htm, accessed June 2013

** Van Dyke TE, van Winkelhoff AJ: Infection and Inflammatory mechanisms. J Periodontol 84, S1-S7 (2013)

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