Oral Health & Your Heart
Recent research has revealed a close link between oral health and a number of chronic and systemic illnesses, but perhaps the most significant link is that between the oral health and heart health. At Byars Dental, we’re dedicated to educating our patients about the importance of maintaining their optimal level of oral health, and the connection between oral and overall health is yet another reason caring for your smile is so important. Contact our office to find out more or schedule a checkup.
Why Your Healthy Smile is Good for Your Heart
Bacteria and toxins in the mouth may enter the bloodstream through sores in the soft tissue or decay that allows these bacteria to access the pulp and nerve of the tooth. When bacteria or plaque is able to access the arteries, it may cause buildup which can harden and block the flow of blood through the heart. This blockage may lead to a myocardial infarction, more commonly referred to as a heart attack.
How We Help
At Byars Dental, we’re dedicated to helping patients maintain their optimal level of oral health. Patients may be most at risk following a procedure, which can open a cut or wound in the mouth. That’s why we use a bacteria neutralizing rinse following every treatment, in our office. This significantly reduces the risk that bacteria will enter the blood stream. We’ll also coach patients to ensure they’re keeping up with their daily oral health care at home.