Q & A with Dr. Wu

Updated: Feb 22

Q: Can bad oral hygiene cause heart problems?

A: Yes! There is a strong connection between oral health and heart health.

That’s because the bacteria present in gum disease can travel in your bloodstream, causing inflammation throughout your body.

Proper oral hygiene is key in preventing gum disease. But even if you brush and floss daily, professional exams and cleanings are necessary to not only remove stubborn plaque and tartar, but to watch for signs of any developing issues.

The American Dental Association recommends that you go for routine dental checkups and cleanings every 6 months. Your dentist and/or hygienist may recommend you come in more often depending on the conditions of your teeth and gums.

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