How does oral health to relate to heart disease?
- Chronic inflammation from gum disease can cause inflammation in all arterial walls in the body.
- Bacteria from gum disease can travel through the blood stream and become arterial plaque.
- Bacteria from tooth decay can form an abscess, sending the infection into the arteries.
- Brush, floss, and get gum disease treated.
- Address and control tooth decay.
- Get an interleukin-1 saliva test to identify your genetic risk of coronary artery disease and periodontal disease.
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet by limiting sugar and salt, eliminating processed foods, and eating plenty of produce.
- Limit alcohol.
- Work closely with your physician and dentist.