DISCLOSURE: Noelle Copeland RDH is an Oral Care Specialist and Dental Consultant who provides content for Brilliant Oral Care and Baby Buddy.
The heart is an amazingly complex powerhouse of strength, emotion, and regulation. It has been pumping blood through your body since you were still inside your birth mother. Never once stopping to take a vacation or check out for a few hours to get some rest. The heart keeps going, doing its job, until one day it does stop working, and when that happens, everything else ceases to continue.
When you think about how powerful that is, it makes you wonder, “what am I doing to be good to my heart?” I know I don’t always do my best when it comes to my heart health in my own life. When I was younger, I thought heart issues seemed like such an “old person” problem, so it never crossed my mind to be proactive. In hindsight, here I am, 43 years old, and I have an appointment with a cardiologist in a few weeks to figure out why I've had some irregular heartbeats and dizziness. Then I found out that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women in the United States, about one in every five women and the warning signals are entirely different than that of men.
You might think of chest pain as the number one indicator for a heart problem, and it is for men, but for women, the more telling symptoms that happen before any chest pain takes place include some of the following.
Before a woman ever gets to the chest pain, pressure, and discomfort of a heart attack, she will have these other signs of heart disease slowly brewing inside her. Women often ignore these symptoms because they can be related to so many other things they are going through, and that mistake can be fatal.
The connection between gum disease and heart disease may be related to c-reactive protein (CRP), a protein found in blood plasma. CRP becomes elevated in the bloodstreams of individuals with periodontal disease, and levels may rise in response to inflammation in the body.
We aren't exactly sure how or why these pathogens get in the heart. Because the oral environment produces plaque or tartar buildup in response to oral health, the assumption remains that if that bacteria travels throughout the circulatory system, it will eventually attach to other plaques built up in different parts of the body. Additionally, the evidence and studies are not conclusive in how these two diseases, directly and indirectly, affect one another and how to best treat that.
Oral health affects so much more than just the mouth, and systemic health is more than just exercising. We have to take a whole-body approach when it comes to leading and living a healthy lifestyle. Being proactive and making lifestyle changes before disease and inflammation sets in is the best defense against disease progression. However, it's never too late to start doing better, and the simplest thing you can start today is to increase your oral health through better toothbrushing and flossing, followed by seeing your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for care.
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