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Can gum disease lead to heart disease ?!

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For decades, researchers have probed the link between gum disease and cardiovascular health. People with gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event.

Although, there may not be a direct connection, as many people with heart disease have healthy gums, and not everyone with gum disease develops heart problems. Shared risk factors, such as smoking or an unhealthy diet, may explain the association. Still there’s a growing suspicion that gum disease may be an independent risk factor for heart disease.

How are poor oral health and heart disease connected?

One theory is chronic inflammation.
Gum disease begins when the sticky, bacteria-laden film referred to as plaque builds up around teeth. Left untreated, the gums become loose around the tooth and bone, creating a pocket that gradually deepens. This chronic gum infection and inflammation leads to bone loss and eventually tooth loss. The bacteria from these infected gum pockets can enter the blood stream where they trigger blood vessel inflammation and damage. Supporting this theory is the finding of remnants of oral bacteria within clogged (atherosclerotic) blood vessels far from the mouth.

To date, there’s no proof that treating gum disease will prevent heart disease or its complications. But the connection is compelling enough that dentists and many doctors recommend good oral health regiments to prevent gum disease in the first place.

The recommended preventive care by American Dental Association is brushing twice daily, each for two minutes, flossing and twice-yearly cleanings by a dentist or hygienist.

Bottom line, good oral health regiments benefit both your mouth and overall health.

Health Benefits of Straight Teeth 

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The benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident beautiful smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can significantly affect your overall dental health, by reducing your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, enamel wear and trauma. A smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy one.

Misaligned crooked teeth and an incorrect bite such as deep overbite, underbite or cross bite can lead to excessive wear and tear of your teeth causing permanent damage. Having misaligned teeth makes it much harder to clean around them, leading to plaque and bacteria accumulation. This bacteria build up will lead to tooth decay and gum disease. 

It is never too late to align your teeth and improve your smile and oral health with Invisalign clear aligners or traditional braces. Invisalign is a great option to align your teeth, especially as an adult. There are many benefits of Invisalign aligners:

Invisible – Invisalign clear aligners are almost impossible to notice 

Comfortable – Invisalign aligners are easy and comfortable to wear, without limiting your lifestyle, allowing you to live your life the way you want to. 

Removable – Enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about brackets or wires bending or breaking.  Simply remove the aligners while enjoying your meals and social events.

Easy to clean and care for — One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.

Customized – Using ITero digital scanner and 3D computer imaging technology, a fully customized set of aligners are created just for your teeth.

Effective –  With SmartTrack material, Invisalign aligners are effective and predictable in tooth movement, allowing you to achieve your desired smile in less time. 

Whether you’ve never had braces or have experienced shifting of your teeth, take the first steps in achieving a healthy beautiful smile.