Oral Hygiene and Heart Health…What’s the Connection?

Our mouths are the perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria! The wet and moist environments in our mouths create the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply. Did you know that on average, a typical human mouth contains about 7 million bacteria, exceeding the number of people who live on earth? We don’t know about you, but this definitely makes us want to grab our toothbrushes!

Neglecting your kiddos oral health may result in harmful bacteria spreading throughout their body to many areas, including one of the most vital organs, the heart. According to The Mayo Clinic, studies have shown that bacterial infections caused by poor dental health have the potential to negatively affect heart valves. This happens when bacteria travels throughout the bloodstream. When coming into contact with the heart, there becomes a heightened risk of the bacteria attaching and causing inflammation.

We’re here to help your kiddos live heart-healthy lives! Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial to preventing harmful bacteria from spreading. Here at Joplin Children’s Dentistry, we’re dedicated to helping our patients stay healthy, and understand the importance of proper oral hygiene. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for your family!