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A Healthy Mouth May Lead to a Healthy Heart

Woman bikingThe way you care for your teeth and gums can affect more than just your dental health. It can affect your cardiovascular health as well. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology has stated that people who suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease. This makes it all the more important to take good care of your oral health.

Gum Disease

Because gum disease has been so closely linked to heart disease, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and how to avoid them. Gum disease occurs when the bacteria that builds up along the gum line irritates the tissue, causing it to become inflamed, swollen, and tender. Symptoms may include:

  • Reddened gum tissue
  • Bleeding when brushing the teeth
  • Swollen and painful gum tissue
  • Visible plaque buildup

Avoiding Gum Disease

The best way to avoid gum disease is to practice good oral health. This includes brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day, and visiting Balota Family Dentistry every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.

If you have suffered from gum disease in the past, it’s even more important to make sure you take good care of your oral health. To make an appointment at our office, please contact Balota Family Dentistry located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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