In honor of American Heart Health month, ChicagoHealer.com practitioner Dr. Boehm, DDS explains the connection between gum disease and heart health and offers tips for gum health that will keep heart problems at bay. Brushing and flossing is not just about teeth and gums anymore. It's about raising awareness of the potential for bacterial penetration of our vascularsystem. Gum disease is caused by a number of things. There are always bacteria present in the mouth with the potential to create the gum disease state, but how the body reacts to their presence may be the most important thing. If gum disease is left unchecked, the invading bacteria and their toxic by-products have access to anywhere they would like to go within our body through our blood delivery system. If this happens there can be lethal effects on muscle, lymphatic, heart, brain and every other differentiated human cell type. Turning this potent killer loose on your heart or brain tissue can certainly cause havoc and lead to scar tissue formation, arteriosclerosis, and hypertension over time. This puts added burden on the kidneys and the heart muscle itself. Over a couple decades if the vascular damage cannot be corrected, renal failure, stroke, heart attack, and quite possibly death can be the result. To prevent such a catastrophic result on the vascular system, Dr. Boehm offers the following tips for preventing gum disease:
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