Taking Blood Pressure

As I was riding to work last week I heard on the radio that over 120 million adults suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease. I had to assume most of the 120 million adults were over fifty years of age, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. This story grabbed my attention because I’m turning 55 this year. It makes me more aware of my need to monitor my own blood pressure.

Steps I’m taking to increase my chances for healthier lifestyle are; lowering my salt intake and eat a more healthy plant based diet (minimize foods that come from a box.) Exercise to control my blood pressure (take daily walks.)

As a dentist, it’s important to remind you that your gum health is linked to your overall health. Studies have shown that the buildup of bacteria below the gums can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body. This can cause secondary infections or contribute to diseases already in progress. Bacteria from your gums can affect your body in the following ways:

  1. Immune System – the bacteria from gum disease can trigger other inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and cause arteries to swell.
  2. Respiratory System – the bacteria from gums disease adheres to saliva droplets that you inhale. You can actually breathe in the bacteria every time you inhale. This can cause pulmonary infections and respiratory problems.
  3. Blood Sugar – gum disease increases blood sugar levels and makes diabetes harder to control.

My challenge to you….Visit your dentist regularly and brush & floss every day.