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According to the American Heart Association, there is a connection between gum disease and heart disease. It hasn’t been established that your brushing and flossing habits or treating gum disease actually lowers the occurrence of heart disease, or how badly the arteries are narrowed (also known as atherosclerosis) which leads to having a heart attack or stroke. But studies are showing that there’s a correlation between gum disease and various health problems, like heart disease.

For those with chronic gum disease, the bacteria from it can travel through the bloodstream and stick to blood vessels, putting you at risk for heart disease.

So, what is gum disease, exactly? This oral condition involves infection of the oral tissues that support your teeth. Gum disease is also a big factor in tooth loss for adults. For this reason, the American Dental Association are of the mind that the most valuable thing patients can do to keep gum disease at bay is to establish solid oral health habits. The side benefit is that this also results in healthier teeth as well as gums. Let’s take a look:

1- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. To prevent tooth enamel, use an ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride.
2- Floss between your teeth once a day to remove plaque and oral debris.
3- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Keep snacking at a minimum.
4- Be sure to maintain routine dental checkups and cleanings.

Please call 314-351-6554 if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer. Our Borgmeyer Dental team in St. Louis, Missouri is here to help you have a healthier smile for a healthier body!