February is Heart Health Month.
You might be thinking, What does that have to do with toothpaste? Well, you’d be surprised.
There is a direct connection between the health of your oral microbiome and the health of your heart, and it all begins with Inflammation & Bacteria.
Bacteria found in infected/inflamed gums can break down the protective barrier that typically keeps bacteria at bay and prevents it from entering your bloodstream.
If you suffer from periodontal disease, it doesn’t take much for this barrier to be crossed. Chewing, brushing and flossing while you have gum inflammation can be enough to allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and then move to other parts of the circulatory system.
Once bacteria enters your bloodstream, they are free to wonder wherever they like, and they do just that.
What does this mean?
Well, basically it means that your body goes into protection mode. Once the foreign bacteria are identified, one of your bodies natural responses is to create inflammation.
These bacteria can cause your blood vessels to swell which can lead to poor blood flow and can increase the likelihood of clots.
The oral bacteria also find fatty plaques that are already in your bloodstream and stick to them. These fatty plaques are what become blockages in your arteries.
Blockages in your arteries lead to...yup, you guessed it, they lead to Heart Attacks.
This all starting to sound scary? It should.
The number of Canadians who are diagnosed with Heart Disease is staggering.
Being aware of the risk factors and leading a healthy, active lifestyle can help you to stay ahead of the game!
We are encouraging everyone to take some time this month and really access their Heart Health.
Talking to your family, getting a dental check-up, and reducing stress are all great places to start!