Dental Care Is Linked to Heart Health

September 22, 2015 — by Kenneth W. Coffey, DDS
Tags: General Dentistry Tooth Decay Restorative Dentistry

Illustration of a toothThere is a long list of advantages that are enjoyed by those who practice good oral hygiene habits, schedule regular dental appointments, and undergo any necessary restorative dentistry services to address dental complications. Among these are strong teeth, a healthy gum line, and an attractive smile. However, the benefits of dental care are not limited to the mouth. A person’s general well being, and specifically a person’s heart health, are also affected when a patients maintains good oral health. Dr. Kenneth W. Coffey understands the link between dental care and heart health for his Orland Park patients, so he offers the full range of dental services that will benefit a patient’s oral health and physical well being.

The Heart Connection

There doesn’t seem to be an obvious physical connection between the mouth and the heart, so many people question how the health of the two are related. In fact, even scientists are not completely sure why oral health affects heart health, and vice versa. However, while the reason for the link may not be clear, studies consistently show that there is an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack when a patient suffers from periodontal disease. Similarly, patients who suffer from heart disease are more likely to be diagnosed with periodontal disease.

Preserving Heart Health

While there is still a lot to learn about the connection between dental care and heart health, patients can take advantage of the information that is available by making sure that they do what they can to care for the teeth and gums and preserve good oral health. Simply by maintaining a clean and healthy mouth, patients can prevent an increased risk of heart disease or heart attack. Below are some dental services that may be especially beneficial in preserving heart health:

  • Dental exams and cleanings: Dental exams and cleanings are the most important dental service when it comes to preserving oral health. Professional cleanings offer a deeper clean than most patients can achieve at home, while an exam can diagnose any oral health problems before they progress. These routine exams should be scheduled at least twice a year in order to maintain a healthy smile.
  • Restorative dental care: Restorative dentistry services are necessary to improve oral health when a dental problem is present. With restorative care, patients can restore the strength and health of teeth that have been affected by injury or decay, which can in turn restore oral health and help to prevent more serious complications.
  • Periodontal treatment: Because heart health has been specifically linked to gum disease, periodontal treatment is especially important. If signs of gum disease are present, periodontal treatment can rid the mouth of harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and encourage healing and growth of healthy gum tissue.

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Professional dental care is a great advantage to patients. With the quality dental care that is offered by Dr. Kenneth W. Coffey, patients can maintain a smile that is strong, healthy, and attractive. To learn more about the full range of dental services that are available at our practice, contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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