The first thing to understand is that the plaque likes to reside on your teeth is the same plaque as the one that causes heart attacks. The way it works is that the bacteria found in dental plaque can make it into your bloodstream and travel to your heart, resulting in clots, says Dr. Hutto from Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, Texas.” “Those blood clots can result in a heart attack,” he continues. So besides eating right and exercising, having good oral health is just as important in the case of your heart. There’s other research out there proving that the fatty deposits can develop in the carotid arteries of the next because of the bacteria.

Stroke in Baytown, TX | Dr. Hutto, Aesthetic Family Dentistry

If you have a periodontal disease (gum disease), you’re more at risk for a stroke

Research suggests that those with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. Dental plaque can also create bacterial endocarditis where heart valves enlarge and COPD, a pulmonary disease . The Boston University School of Dental Medicine also suggests people who have missing teeth due to periodontal diseases also have a higher risk to have a stroke. Accroding to Dr. Hutto from Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, Texas people don’t take their oral health as seriously as they should. “It’s just as important as the rest of our bodies,” says Dr.Hutto.

Healthy teeth, free of gum disease, equals a great heart

In order to ensure proper oral health, it’s important you visit your dentist at least twice a year, for general dentistry, x-ray dental exams, check for cavities and follow up. If you live in the Baytown, Texas are, visit Dr. Hutto and his team at Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, Texas. If you do a little of the preventative work, brush twice a day for at least two full minutes and floss, you’ll notice when something is off. For example, you’ll see the sings of early gum disease much quicker:

  • Sores in your mouth
  • Teeth the bleed
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Discomfort

Prevent plaque buildup and prevent a stroke by calling Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, Texas at (832) 514-3922.

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