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“Jailbreak” Bacteria Travel to Your Heart

June is National Men’s Health Month, and Discovery Dental wants you to know about how your teeth can affect cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death for men in our country. We want all of our patients to have healthy mouths, as well as healthy bodies.

New studies show that it may be possible for bacteria from your mouth to “jailbreak” and travel through your bloodstream, which is definitely not a good thing. Read this post to find out how to protect yourself and the men in your life from this heart attack risk!

Jailbreak Bacteria

When you eat or drink, your mouth becomes populated with the bacteria that cause plaque. This sounds gross, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. As long as you take care of your teeth, brush and floss them every day, the plaque will be regularly cleaned and won’t cause problems.

However, if bacteria accumulate in your mouth they irritate your gums, causing them to bleed. The bacteria then “jailbreak” into your bloodstream, where they can create blood clots. If these clots travel to your heart, they greatly increase your risk of heart attack.

Heart Disease Statistics

Unfortunately, most of us know a friend or family member in Shelby, OH who has died of heart disease or a stroke; these conditions account for one out of every three deaths in our country.

Each year, Americans have more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes, and Dr. Miller wants to work with family doctors, to lower these numbers in our area.

Decrease Your Risk of Heart Attack

There are many ways to keep your heart healthy:

  • watch what you eat
  • check your blood pressure
  • monitor your cholesterol
  • exercise regularly
  • see your doctor every year

We want everyone in Shelby, OH to remember the importance of adding oral check-ups to this heart healthy regimen. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, and just pay attention to what your mouth is telling you.

For more information about heart health, contact Dr. Miller, your Shelby, OH dentist at Discovery Dental today.