You probably already know that the healthiness of your body depends on the foods and drinks that you consume. But did you know that – in addition to other factors – heart health relates directly to the healthiness of your teeth?

In fact, researchers have found that people who suffer from gum disease are nearly twice as likely as people who do not suffer from gingivitis or periodontitis to have a heart attack. Additionally, studies have shown that people who are diagnosed with heart diseases are more likely to also have some form of gum irritation, inflammation or tooth loss.

After talking with Dr. Peter Spalding of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, Everyday Health writes, "Some types of bacteria normally occur in your mouth, but if you're not properly flossing and brushing to remove plaque (that white film caused by bacteria that stick to your teeth after you eat), your risk for gum disease increases. And once gum disease has developed, you create an environment for bacteria that do not normally grow in your mouth."

Then, because most gum diseases causes your gums to actually bleed, that bacteria has direct access to the bloodstream, which flows to and from the heart. This bacteria, researchers say, could help to cause clots or plaque build-up in your arteries.

While the official results are still out on the science of the relationship, the fact is that there is an underlying connection between the two. The best way to avoid any type of disease is to brush and floss regularly and schedule regular appointments with your dentist or orthodontist. If you are in need of dental orthodontists, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today.

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