Dental hygiene is a very important part of one healthy lifestyle. Although not seem to be related oral health and cardiovascular health, they are closely related internally. Sometimes a toothache can be more than a nuisance that can become a more serious problem and can trigger a heart or vascular problems that matter to your wellness. For this reason never ignore dental health, do not forget to keep your teeth healthy to protect the heart!
Popularly, it is common that people give less emphasis on oral diseases or dental health, but these cause (unknowingly) complications on overall health and fitness, and even cardiovascular health.
Why this relationship is established between oral health and prevention of cardiovascular disease?
The mouth is the gateway for many microorganisms that can produce you various diseases. If any of the more than 500 bacteria that usually inhabit the mouth produces inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and/or major complications such as periodontitis and/or dental infections, you run a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.
If these diseases are not treated in time it can lead to serious diseases such as myocardial infarction. How? Bacteria from the mouth go through the bloodstream and lodge in the heart itself, in the overlying membrane (pericardium), myocardium or in an artery, causing the above mentioned complications. It has even been linked oral disease with cerebrovascular accidents.
For all these reasons it is very important to keep teeth healthy and taking care of dental health, to not only bring smile to your mouth, but also your heart.