The Connection Between Oral Health Problems and Cholesterol

Posted on 8/10/2020 by office
Woman talking to her dentist about cholesterol at Perrinville Family Dentistry in Edmonds, WANot everyone is aware of just how connected our oral health is with other health complications, especially the heart. If you suffer with high cholesterol, it may be having serious impacts on your oral health. But how so? Below we will give you a summary of how the heart and mouth are connected to each other.

What Is High Cholesterol?

If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, this means that your blood contains far too much fat. Cholesterol is a natural substance that is found within the fats in the blood, but your body can have too much. Our bodies need a good level of cholesterol as it helps to create healthy cells, but having high cholesterol can lead us to developing fatty deposits within the blood vessels, resulting in a high risk of heart disease.

How Cholesterol Affects the Mouth

Over the years, studies have started to show how dental issues are connected to high cholesterol. When someone suffers with high cholesterol, oral health problems may begin to develop, and vice versa.

The mouth and heart are connected by the spread of bacteria through the blood stream. If you have excess bacteria, it can make its way to the heart and attach onto damaged areas which result in inflammation. This inflammation can cause illnesses such as infections in the heart's lining. Other serious heart illnesses such as clogged arteries can also be linked to mouth bacteria, too.

But it's not the bacteria that directly causes health complications, rather the body's response to inflammation. The body responds to inflammation by causing a ripple effect around the body, leading to issues with the heart and brain.

So, if you have high cholesterol ensuring that you are maintaining good oral hygiene practices have never been more important. To schedule a routine dental appointment, give us a call today at (425) 616-0620.
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