National Wear Red Day: The Link Between Cardiovascular Disease and Periodontitis
The month of February is jam packed with events, celebrations and award shows, from the Big Game to Valentine’s Day to the Oscars.
Amidst all the festivities, February also marks National Wear Red Day for awareness. Nearly 50 million Americans experience cardiovascular issues and it is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States.
However, we have good news! Nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented through education and action. National Wear Red Day aims to educate on heart disease, lung disease and stroke prevention through healthy eating, exercise, not smoking and good oral health. That’s right, good oral health!
Recent research indicates that periodontitis, or gum disease, may be associated with the development of cardiovascular disease. One theory is that the inflammatory proteins and the bacteria in the periodontal tissue enter the blood stream and cause various effects on the cardiovascular system.
Luckily periodontitis is preventable and treatable.
Brush twice daily: Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.
Floss daily: Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.
Swish and gargle mouthwash daily: Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.
Lastly, know your risk: age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with your dental professional.
If you suspect you have gum disease schedule an appointment with your dentist. They can acess your condition and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Along with good oral health, diet, regular exercise and helathy habits, cardiovascular disease can be prevented!