If the eyes are the window to the soul, then your mouth is the window to your heart. The overall health of the mouth is a harbinger of overall health and holds clues as to the possibility and probability of serious hidden problems such as heart disease.
There is a correlation between heart and gum disease. The reason why, some believe, is that the bacteria that causes plaque and gum disease can enter the blood stream, lodge in the heart and form clots. The research establishing the relationship between dental and medical health is growing and solidifying. Regardless, what is certain at this point is that a healthy mouth is an integral part of overall health.
So for a health heart, keep those gums healthy with routine cleanings, flossing, eating healthy and please call us immediately if anything symptoms of gum problems arises. Watch for loose teeth; red, swollen or bleeding gums; chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. Regular checkups will help prevent any of those risk factors from becoming more serious over time.
So smile from your heart. They truly are connected.