Gum Disease…Don’t Let It Ruin Your Heart

If you’ve been following our blog over the past year it will come as no surprise to learn that this SW Calgary Dental office takes your dental health seriously.  Dr. Andy Hoe and his team at Bite Dental in Shawnessy strive to make sure that patients are equipped with information to make good dental choices.  What this Calgary Dentist would like you to choose is ‘daily brushing and flossing’ as this simple habit has the ability to protect not only your teeth but your entire health.

Over the past few years studies have revealed the link between gum disease and a patients increased risk of other chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.  For many the message to brush diligently and floss routinely has been taken seriously and as a result they have managed to reduce their risk for a heart attack or stroke.  But there are some individuals who have continued to ignore the facts and continue to neglect their dental health – and in doing so are hampering their entire health.

Bacteria that is present in plaque causes inflammation and destruction of tissues – but does not limit its destruction to teeth and dental tissues and in fact enters the blood stream to travel the body, causing systemic inflammation and contributing to the development or worsening of other diseases.  What is frustrating for Dentists in South Calgary is that this systemic inflammation can be prevented by picking up a toothbrush and floss.  Effective daily brushing and flossing removes plaque and prevents its buildup and development in to calculus – when plaque is removed the damaging bacteria are also removed and the immune system is not put under additional stress.  When the body is under attack from inflammation the immune system has to work doubly hard to fight infection – and becomes weakened due to chronic exposure to inflammation.  Inflammation affects blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the heart, potentially inducing a heart attack or stroke. Do your health a favor – start brushing and flossing every day – your heart will thank you for it – so will your Calgary Dentist.

 

Dr. Andy Hoe is a General Dentist in South Calgary providing dental solutions to the communities of Shawnessy, Evergreen, Midnapore, and Sundance.  Offering Sedation Dentistry and ‘One Appointment Crowns’ Dr. Hoe and his staff at Bite Dental welcome new patients and invite you to call for an appointment 403.201.2483

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