Your Heart

Who would think that the germs in your mouth could travel all over the body and effect your organs? Well, the mouth is a part of the body and unhealthy gums are inflamed. Inflammation is considered to be a real problem when it comes to overall health.

When there is chronic inflammation in the gums, they are literally an open sore which allow bacteria to enter the blood stream. An indicator of inflamed gums is when they bleed easily when brushing or even eating.

An easy way to imagine a problem with the germs getting into your blood stream is to think about what plaque looks like. Thick and white and very sticky. This same bacteria can be contributed to plaques in the blood stream. The plaques build up on the lining of the blood vessels and will cause narrowing of the arteries and veins that help to move the blood to the heart and other parts of the body. This can cause a heart attack.

The easiest thing to do is keep the plaque off the teeth which in turn will keep the gums healthy and not allow for the transfer of bacteria to the blood stream and your vital organs. Also, the less plaque you have on your teeth, the less germs you have in your mouth and that means less bugs traveling in your circulatory system.

The American Academy of Periodontology is a great resource for more information and videos on this subject. The link below will take you there!