Oral Health Information

The Mouth & Heart Connection

Cardiovascular disease impacts the heart and blood vessels in the body and has become common an affliction to many people in North America. In the United States alone, more than 80 million people will be affected by at least one form of heart disease, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure.  Studies have described a link between periodontal disease (which presents as chronic inflammation surrounding the gums and other tissues) and heart disease. Gum disease, like gingivitis (gum inflammation) and bone loss (periodontitis) can indicate a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, making dental health that much more important.  Individuals at risk for cardiovascular diseases should see their dentist on a regular basis, keeping them informed of overall health issues. Proper oral hygiene is also a very important factor.

HOW ARE PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE CONNECTED?

There is thought to be an impact of the inflammatory proteins and bacteria connected with gum disease entering the bloodstream and connecting with the cardiovascular system.  In February 2005, a study published in Circulation investigated the thickening of the blood vessel wall (as seen in individuals with heart disease) and its relationship with the bacteria known to be associated with periodontitis.  A sample size of 650 individuals concludes that the presence of the same bacteria was associated with both conditions.  

WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MY GUMS AND HEART HEALTHY?

Proper oral hygiene is the first thing anyone can do to maintain healthy gums, including regular brushing with antibacterial toothpaste and flossing.  Of course, visiting your dentist at least every 6 months is necessary in the pursuit of positive oral hygiene. A healthy lifestyle compliments healthy oral hygiene nicely as well – including proper exercise and diet.

WHAT DO MY PHYSICIAN AND DENTIST NEED TO KNOW?

Both medical professionals should be kept up-to-date on your oral and overall health.  When new issues are diagnosed by one, be sure to inform the other. This way they can take care of the bigger picture. It is also important to inform both of any history of heart or oral disease, not only in yourself, but in your family history as well.  

WHAT OTHER RISK FACTORS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE?

Cardiovascular disease impacts certain demographics more than others.  For instance, individuals who are over the age of 65, males, or are of African or Hispanic descent might be at greater risk.  Their particular factors cannot be changed, but you can minimize your risk factors by choosing to live a healthy lifestyle, including abstaining from smoking and consuming excessive alcohol, keeping physically active and at a healthy body weight, and maintaining a low cholesterol and normal blood pressure.  Managing diet and stress are also important factors. If you have questions, contact your physician or dentist.

About Our Clinic

Welcome to your Calgary SW Dentist, Signal Hill Dental Centre. We are a general, family, emergency, and cosmetic dental clinic located in the heart of Calgary. Our team is dedicated to providing our patients with honest and caring dental treatments so that they are able to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

At our clinic, our team strives to offer our services that make visits to the dentist convenient for you. This includes:

  • Clinic hours open 7 days a week
  • Extended hours (early mornings, evenings, and weekend)
  • Direct billing insurance
  • Same day emergency dental appointments
  • Comparable and up to date pricing

We offer a range of dental services including general cleaning, emergency dentistry, children dentistry, dental repairs, Invisalign teeth straightening, Botox for TMJ/TMD and more.

The core of our clinic values is focused around providing great customer service. We treat our patients as if they were a part of our own staff or family. Our knowledgable team constantly ensures continuous communication and education so that our patients are comfortable through each procedure.

Our SW Calgary dental clinic is accepting new patients. If you would like to meet with one of our Dentists or book a consultation, please contact us and we would be delighted to arrange an appointment.

We look forward to serving you.

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