Dental Health and Your Heart: How Are They Connected?

April 22, 2024

Dental health isn’t just about keeping your teeth and gums in top shape! Our bodily systems are interconnected, and poor dental health has a particularly significant impact on our heart.  

Periodontal disease, when left untreated, leads to chronic inflammation in the body. While temporary, acute inflammation can help our bodies fight off infection and promote healing, long-term inflammation poses a serious risk to our cardiovascular systems.  

  • Gum disease can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, or other major cardiac events by 200–300%.
  • Other factors related to poor dental health, such as smoking and high-sugar diets, can further our risk.  
  • Chronic inflammation from poor dental health is linked to a high risk of atherosclerosis — a fatty plaque buildup inside the arteries, leading to coronary problems down the road.

Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada, but by adopting healthy habits, you can significantly reduce your risk. While we often focus on things like diet, exercise, and limiting tobacco and alcohol consumption, it’s just as important to stay on top of your oral health.  

Regular checkups with your dentist and maintaining good oral hygiene are two of the easiest ways you can protect your heart. When was the last time you booked a visit?

Our clinic is happy to accept new patients! If you have any concerns about your oral health, or you’d like to adopt a healthier routine as part of heart disease prevention, don’t hesitate to call us at Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre. Our team will thoroughly assess your oral health and help you create an action plan to protect your teeth, gums, and heart.