11 May

Oral Hygiene can prevent heart disease, says a City of London dentist

A report by the medical professional has recently surfaced that links heart disease with a poor oral hygiene regime, advises a City of London dentist. The problem it appears, is the leaking of bacterium into the blood flow from the gums, this is a symptom of a bad oral hygiene regime which causes all kinds conditions in the mouth. These conditions allow the gums to become infected, and that in turn is a major problem from which cuts can easily occur. Once a way in is found; the bacterium finds itself in the blood system swimming alongside platelets. These are baby blood vessels that also carry anti-bodies to protect the body from the very bacterium now next to them. The reaction of the two coming together in the blood flow starts to disrupt the very immune system that the white blood vessels are part of, this then starts to complicate the function of the heart and other organs. This is all the cause of that poor oral program that many of us have, although the research isn’t complete yet, the profession has found this link. The way around it is prevention, and that has to come in the form of oral care. Flossing and brushing are just two ways of keeping down the activity in the mouth that causes acid build up, which in itself is the single most harmful act that bacterium causes. Acid kills tooth enamel and builds up harmful tartar on the teeth, both of these will cause us to lose our teeth prematurely. One of the simplest things we can do is to drink water throughout the day and night, water will keep acid production to a minimum. At night when we are asleep so is our saliva gland, and this allows acid to build up quickly. So keeping a glass of water handy is a good way of helping your teeth and your heart while you sleep.