The correlation between gum diseases and heart disease has been well documented. And it, of course, made medical doctors question if maintaining good oral health can help patients achieve good overall health. The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’. It is now generally accepted that proper brushing and flossing can help you maintain a healthy heart. According to the American Academy of Periodontolgy, people with gum diseases are two times as likely to develop coronary artery disease, one of the leading causes of heart attacks.
Dentists now routinely inform patients of the connection between good oral health and a healthy heart. This information is even more important with patients who are at risk of developing heart diseases. It is important to treat any periodontal disease promptly to eradicate the periodontal risk factor of heart diseases. A little prevention can go a long way. Now you know, that with the aid of your toothbrush and floss, you might also be preventing serious heart problems down the road.