Oral Health and Heart Health: Understanding the Connection

At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry in Topeka, KS, Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, believe in a holistic approach to health that recognizes the interconnectedness of oral health and overall well-being, including heart health. This comprehensive guide explores the connection between these two critical areas, highlighting the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene for cardiovascular health.

The Link Between Oral and Heart Health

Recent studies have shown a significant association between oral health, specifically periodontal disease, and heart disease. Periodontal disease, an infection of the gums, can contribute to cardiovascular conditions when bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream, potentially causing inflammation and narrowing of arteries, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to more severe health issues. Symptoms include swollen, red, and bleeding gums. Our Periodontal Treatments are designed to combat this condition, helping maintain not only oral health but also potentially reducing the risk of heart-related issues.

Preventative Oral Care

Preventing periodontal disease begins with regular Dental Exams and Cleaning. These routine check-ups are crucial in detecting early signs of gum disease and preventing its progression. Additionally, maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine at home, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily, is vital in preventing the buildup of plaque.

Advanced Diagnostic Tools

At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we utilize advanced diagnostic tools like 3D Dental Scanning to accurately assess your oral health. These detailed images help us identify any underlying issues that could contribute to both oral and heart health problems.

The Role of Diet and Lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle choices also play a significant role in maintaining oral and heart health. Foods high in sugar and carbohydrates can increase the risk of plaque buildup, while smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are known risk factors for both periodontal and heart diseases. Emphasizing a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices is part of our Preventative Care philosophy.

When to Seek Treatment

If you experience symptoms of gum disease, such as persistent bad breath, loose teeth, or receding gums, it’s essential to seek professional care promptly. Early intervention can prevent the progression of the disease and its potential impact on heart health.

A Heart-Healthy Smile

At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we understand the critical link between oral health and heart health. Dr. Andrew Lewis and Dr. Ted A. Jowett are dedicated to providing comprehensive care that not only addresses your immediate dental needs but also contributes to your overall well-being. Remember, a heart-healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy smile!


  1. American Heart Association – Studies on oral health and heart disease.
  2. Journal of Periodontology – Link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular health.
  3. Circulation Research – Oral health as a risk factor for heart disease.

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