It was found that cardiovascular disease, the cause of heart attacks, is linked to gum disease. Since it was found in 2012 that nearly 65 million Americans have gum disease and two-thirds of the disease-ridden are adults, this is a serious issue that shows America as a whole needs to take better care of oral health. Gum disease doubles a person’s chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
There are many reasons for this. For one thing, a buildup of bacteria in a person’s mouth means that person is also likely to have a lot of plaque blocking the blood from circulating in their neck’s carotid artery, which will generally lead to a stroke. Also, the inflammation in diseased gums appears to connect to the inflammation that comes with other diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer, diabetes and many more.
It was found in a California study that tracked over 5000 senior citizens that the individuals that didn’t take care of their teeth were more likely to die early. Those who didn’t brush at night were 20-35% more likely to have an early death. Those who never flossed were 30 percent more likely to die. Those who didn’t see the dentist every year were 50% more likely to meet an early end. Missing teeth also seemed to indicate a person was more likely to die sooner.
Therefore, obviously brushing and flossing is an important way to prevent some serious diseases and ensure that you live longer. You also need to look out for symptoms of gum disease. The symptoms include: having swollen and inflamed gums, your gums bleeding easily when you brush your teeth and eat certain foods, receding gums that make your teeth look longer than they normally do, gaps between your teeth as they loosen and pull away from each other, having sores and pus, having bad breath, and feeling a sensation when biting down like your teeth don’t fit together the way they used to.
Treating gum disease can increase your overall blood vessel health in as little as six months. Making sure to brush your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist every six months will help you prevent gum disease from even threatening. Just remember to brush all the surfaces of your teeth and wrap the floss around each tooth and clean it, rather than doing a half-hearted job. All you have to do is put aside five minutes of your day to take care of your teeth and you have a way to ensure you’ll live a longer and healthier life!