Indiana Healthy Heart Dentistry
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. But did you know that cardiovascular problems may be linked to poor oral health? Studies show that patients with moderate to severe gum disease are more likely to develop diseases of the blood vessels, clogged arteries and strokes. Bad teeth and gum disease may also contribute to endocarditis (inflammation of the heart’s inner lining), diabetes and osteoporosis. Healthy Heart Dentistry from Really Smile Dental in Carmel, IN is a preventive dental care that can help solve this.
The risk is even higher if you have a family history of heart disease, are overweight or obese, smoke tobacco, and lead a sedentary lifestyle. Although a direct connection between bad teeth and heart disease is yet to be established, ignoring your mouth can have serious consequences for your overall health.
Preventive Dental Care
The best way to maintain a healthy heart is to practice excellent oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and visit your Indiana dentist at least twice a year for checkups and professional cleaning. If you get lots of cavities or you are prone to gum disease, you may need to go to the dentist more frequently.
Brushing and flossing can’t remove bacteria beneath the gums and in hard to reach areas of your mouth. Special instruments are needed to remove stubborn tartar and bring bacteria down to zero. Dental checkups help your dentist detect and treat problems at their early stages. It also saves you money (and discomfort) to get a small cavity filled today than go through root canal and teeth replacement later.
Dr. Smith believes that preventive dental care is the foundation of healthy smiles that last until old age. The Really Smile team provides diagnostic X-rays, screenings, dental prophylaxis or teeth cleaning, cavity prevention through sealants and fluoride treatment, and instruction on caring for your teeth between appointments. Schedule a consultation now!