Think of your mouth as the gateway to your body. How you take care of your teeth and gums will impact your overall health.
Click on one of the topics below to learn how taking care of your mouth can help you to stay healthy!
and your dental health.
Quick science lesson: You need your heart!
What does your heart have to do with your mouth – we are still learning how they work together.
What do we know?
- Have healthy gums AND take pills for high blood pressure? You may be helping your medication work better. Read more here.
- Have gum disease? You may be increasing your chances of having a heart attack. Read more here.
- Have you lost teeth? You may be at a higher danger of peripheral arterial disease. Read more here.
What can you do while we learn more?
- See your dentist! Your dental team may notice changes in your health before you do.
- Take care of your teeth! Brush, Floss and eat healthy foods! All these things make a healthy mouth.
- Quit smoking! Ask your dentist for help Here are some resources
- Stressed out? Try some activities to decrease stress. Stress is linked to inflammation and inflammation is linked to health problems – like heart disease. Here are some tips for stress.
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- Pietropaoli D, Pinto RD, et al. Poor Oral Health and Blood Pressure Control Among US Hypertensive Adults. Hypertension. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.11528. Published October 22, 2018. Accessed October 23, 2020.
- Rydén L, Lars Rydén From Departments of Medicine K2 (L.R., Buhlin K, et al. Periodontitis Increases the Risk of a First Myocardial Infarction. Circulation. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.115.020324?url_ver=Z39.88-2003. Published January 13, 2016. Accessed October 23, 2020.
- Hung H-C, Hsin-Chia Hung From the Departments of Epidemiology (H.-C.H., Willett W, et al. Oral Health and Peripheral Arterial Disease. Circulation. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/01.CIR.0000051456.68470.C8. Published February 10, 2003. Accessed October 23, 2020.
- Diabetes? Heart disease? Osteoporosis? Your dentist may know before you do. Dentists detect diseases - Delta Dental. https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/dentists-detect.html. Published 2012. Accessed October 23, 2020.
- Chronic stress puts your health at risk. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037. Published March 19, 2019. Accessed October 23, 2020.
and your dental health.
There is nothing better than being wrapped up in blankets for a good night’s sleep!
Sleep helps your brain work correctly, helps your body heal, and helps you be more productive. Poor sleep increases your risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Sleep-related breathing sicknesses like snoring or sleep apnea can cause you to have poor sleep.
Your dentist can help you have restful sleep!
Did you know?
Your dental team can screen you for risk factors like
- A large tongue
- Large tonsils
- Mouth breathing
- Breathing pauses during sleep
Your dentist will work with your medical doctor to come up with a plan which can include
- An oral appliance
- Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy
- Changes in sleeping position
Be sure to talk to your dentist if you are having trouble sleeping.
- Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency. \Accessed October 25, 2020.
- Sleep Apnea (Obstructive). Sleep Apnea. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/sleep-apnea-obstructive. Accessed October 25, 2020.