Brush regularly and protect your heart, say scientists at University College London, who revealed a 79% rise in the risk of cardiovascular disease in people who didn't.
Other research said bacteria can enter the bloodstream through bleeding gums, creating inflammation that affects the heart
Thanks knightofalbion, it's true that everything is related. Here's a short article from one of our member's (Harry Hirsute) blog.
This can't be stressed enough:
-Brush at least 2x daily
-Visit your dentist every 6 months for cleanings
Red, swollen or tender gums
Bleeding while brushing or flossing
Gums that pull away from the teeth and/or loose or separating teeth
Persistent bad breath
Evidence continues to mount suggesting that people with periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection, may be more at risk for heart disease and strokes. Why? Because bacteria and its byproducts from the gum tissues may enter the blood stream, and cause small blood clots that may contribute to the clogging of arteries.
The inflammation caused by gum disease may also contribute to the buildup of fatty deposits inside heart arteries.
If plaque is not removed each day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into a rigid mineralized substance called tartar. Even if you think you're doing a GREAT job flossing, plaque can still remain in your mouth. Only a dental professional can remove the tartar and plaque you may miss at home.
An article published in the December issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP), the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), suggests that periodontal patients whose bodies show evidence of a reaction to the bacteria associated with periodontitis may have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. http://www.joponline.org/doi/abs/10.1902/jop.2007.070140
study showed that all patients had high levels of an inflammatory marker called C-reactive protein, (CRP) which is known to put individuals at high risk for heart disease, and of fibrinogen, a protein involved in promoting blood clots
It is possible to clean your own teeth "professionally"
All you need is a dental pic. They really don't do anything special there unless you have severe gum disease in which case they will scale under the gums which is hard to do yourself. And you certainly don't want them blasting you with fluoride.
With Dental and Oral disease these are the big three issues that come into play!
First is a microbe problem in your mouth,
Second is a nutritional problem.
Third may be a fluoride issue…And I do think you can overcome it!
But it will take some work on your part.