Love is in the Air

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Valentine’s Day is best known as a celebration of love. Traditionally it is a time for hearts and flowers and cute greeting cards.


St. Valentine’s Day was originally celebrated as a religious feast day in honour of three early Christian martyrs named Valentine.


The origin of Valentine’s Day itself stretches back as far as the 14th century with the likes of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare mentioning this special day of love.


As early as the 19th century, sending anonymous cards were a popular way for young people to express their feelings. Other items now associated with Valentine’s day in modern times include flowers and chocolates.


Chocolates are lovely but like anything sweet, too much can play havoc with your oral health!


Many studies, including those done by The American Academy of Periodontology stress the importance of maintaining good levels of oral health due to the potential link between gum disease and heart disease. Some theories suggest that oral bacteria can affect the heart when it enters the blood stream. Gum disease increases the level of plaque build-up causing inflammation of the gums. It is this inflammation that may be linked to the development of inflamed coronary arteries.


What is periodontal disease?


Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that damages the bone and gum tissues around the teeth. When people take good care of their teeth, and visit their dentist and hygienist regularly, ie twice a year, the build-up of plaque on the teeth is lessened. A healthy, well-balanced diet will also contribute to better oral and heart health.


What is coronary artery disease?


Coronary artery disease is caused partly by the buildup of fatty deposits on the walls of the coronary arteries, preventing oxygen getting to the heart. Periodontal disease nearly doubles the chances of someone suffering from coronary artery disease. Periodontal disease can also worsen existing heart conditions.


Valentine’s day, February 14th, is a day for love. So this year, love your teeth and gums and your heart will love you back!


For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180

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