You may know that heart disease affects a large percentage of adults and is the leading cause of death in the United States.

But what you may not know is that oral health plays a major role in our overall health, including risk of heart disease.

Why, you ask? Because much of the bacteria (good or bad) that gets into our system enters via our nose and mouth!

This is happening constantly, we’re always breathing in new bacteria.

The good news is that most of these bacteria are good for us, supporting our digestive tracts and immune systems.

However, not all are beneficial. Harmful bacteria can enter our system and cause health problems. For instance, cavities, gum disease, and other more serious infections including heart disease.

Thankfully, our bodies are usually good at fighting off foreign agents, especially with good dental hygiene keeping the bulk of the bacteria at bay.

But if left unchecked, an unhealthy mouth creates the opportunity for bad bugs to enter the bloodstream. At this point, the bacteria are able to travel to our arteries, facilitating or advancing heart disease.

What are the best preventative measures to take?

Some daily preventive measures you can take at home are brushing and flossing daily, keeping your mouth clean and healthy.

However, sometimes the tools available at home simply won’t cut it. If the bacteria in your mouth and gums is too deeply established, traditional brushing and flossing will no longer help.

At this point, it’s time to enlist the help of a professional.

A professional teeth cleaning is a simple and quick procedure to remove bacteria and leave your smile fresh and healthy. Dentists are able to reach much deeper below the tooth than a conventional toothbrush to remove bacterial build-up like plaque and tartar from your mouth.

Statistics from the American Dental association found that 25-30 percent of adults have untreated dental decay, which can lead to dangerous but preventable cardiovascular conditions.

Heart disease is one of the most challenging and dangerous conditions Americans face today. It’s up to each and every one of us to look after our heart health by exercising, eating well, and taking care to ensure our teeth are strong and healthy.

If you’re looking to improve your overall health with a clean, beautiful smile, come give us a visit at Stonebriar!