Love the Gums You’re With: Oral and Whole Body Health Connection
February is over, leaving behind Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, and the remnants of winter. One thing not to forget is the message of the month – Heart Disease Awareness Month. The connection between your gums and the rest of your body’s systems may seem abstract, but it is more important than most people realize.
Farber Center’s February e-newsletter and our team at our offices have been spreading the word about the effect that plaque has on your whole body health. We know plaque is “not supposed to be there” and is evidence bacteria buildup, but we can be found guilty of taking this lightly. Most people are unaware this bacterium can travel into your bloodstream and become the very same plaque that clogs your arteries. Plaque is not the only strain put on your body’s systems when dealing with gum disease. Inflammation plays a role as well, occurring when your body attempts to naturally defend and heal itself.
The American Heart Association (AHA) has placed an emphasis on Women’s Heart Disease, a message we find just as important to be shared, especially beyond one month. According to the AHA, 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases. The unfortunate truth is that most people do not associate this disease with women, and therefore cannot identify the warning signs. With AHA and their “Go Red for Women” campaign, we are happy to promote more awareness of total body health.
We appreciate our patients at Farber Center because we know they take their health seriously. February was a great month for us to appreciate this. We had patients, like Nick smiling here with Dr. Farber, who braved the elements of snow and rain for the sake of their oral and overall health. In the spirit of this level of dedication, let’s all pledge to carry the message of the AHA’s Heart Health and #LoveYourGums the whole year through!