The Ugly Truth about Plaque

You won’t believe this…

But dental plague can be responsible for heart attacks.

And that’s just for starters…

The American Academy of Periodontology and the American Journal of Cardiology found that bacteria and inflammation in dental plaque are linked to various health problems. Including

– heart attack
– rheumatoid arthritis
– certain cancers
– dementia

Shocking right? But how?In the case of heart attacks, billions of bacteria in dental plaque escape into the bloodstream, leading to blood clots in arteries that result into fatal heart attacks and strokes.

The bacteria affect blood vessels by releasing toxins that have a resemblance to proteins found within artery walls. Because the immune system’s response to these toxins is adverse, it harms vessel walls.

Eventually this can contribute to a heart attack.

So perhaps you were ok with your teeth looking a bit yellowish.

I mean, the slight layer of plague can’t do more than a bit of gum bleeding, right?

Wrong.

It’s time to think again.

There’s actually more to plague than what you may have perceived.

Plaque and Its Effects on Your Overall Health

Plaque starts as colourless deposit around the edges of your teeth and the gum line. You can even feel and peel it off by running your fingers over your teeth in the mornings.

It’s sticky, and after a few seconds outside your mouth, its smell is abhorrent.

If you don’t brush properly and regularly, or like some of us have it, you can’t brush after every meal, this colourless film builds all around your teeth after several days.

It then hardens to form a substance called tartar which is responsible for the yellow in your teeth.

Tartar harbours bacteria that combine with saliva and carbohydrates from your food to produce acids that attack your teeth.

The commonest outcome is swollen and bleeding gum tissue—what you call gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.

Continued acid attacks develop into dental caries, periodontitis, and the less common peri-implantitis.

Even worse, the sticky bacterial plaque and bleeding gums cause an inflammation that spreads to the rest of the body, including the cardiovascular system, where it can lead to the earlier stated heart complications.

Other diseases that have been linked with teeth plaque include:

Diabetes

Research shows The chances of you having diabetes and gum diseases are five-fold compared to others without it. Why? Inflammation from periodontal disease has been cited as a common occurrence in diabetes patients.

Dementia

A number of research papers have pointed to periodontal problems as a primary cause of milder cognitive impairment early in life. This later develops into fully blown dementia.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

A common sign of rheumatoid arthritis is painful joints and inflammation, similar to periodontal disease. In fact, one study found that people with RA had more missing teeth than people who don’t.

There are also complications such as premature birth, respiratory problems, and certain types of cancer.

So as it stands, that yellow goo around your teeth is much more dangerous to your health than you thought.

What to do about it? 

The good news is that it’s easy to prevent plaque from building up.

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Make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to eliminate little chunks of plaque in between your teeth and under your gum line.

It’s also advisable to limit your consumption of starchy foods.

Sodas and sticky snacks should make the smallest portion of your diet.

When you eat them, wash your mouth with antimicrobial mouthwash to curb on the effects of bacteria in your mouth.

In addition, make sure you visit a good dentist twice a year, to make sure plague and tartar doesn’t build up.

It comes back to holistic health.

Your teeth are part of an ecosystem that is your body. If you neglect them, your whole body is at risk!

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