Dr. Joseph Cavallo’s primary goal is to help patients in the Woodbridge, VA area achieve and maintain oral health and wellness. At the same time, by keeping the smile healthy, he is also helping patients prevent concerns such as heart disease which can be directly linked to oral health.
How are gum disease and heart health linked?
Many patients do not realize that gum disease, or periodontal disease, is linked with an increased risk of developing heart disease and heart attacks, but it is true! Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA educate patients on how to prevent heart disease by maintaining a healthy oral environment. This is achieved by not only brushing and flossing the teeth after every meal, but visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations.
Gum disease is an infection that develops in the mouth. It is caused by bacteria that is created when patients fail to care for their smile. This bacteria the builds up in the mouth if patients do not take action in improving their oral health. The bacteria then enters into the bloodstream and is carried to various parts of the body—including the heart—to cause swelling and clotting of the arteries. It also results in inflammation throughout the body that can become difficult to control. With a proper diagnosis of gum disease and an effective treatment plan, patients can control the infection and in turn, reduce their risk of developing medical conditions such as heart disease and reduce their risk of heart attacks.
This connection between the mouth and the body is known as the oral systemic connection, and is vital for patients to understand. With proper care, patients can reduce their risk of not only heart problems, but other coexisting conditions such as diabetes, stroke risks, and pregnancy complications.
Do you have questions about your oral health and wellness?
Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA are committed to educating patients on the many ways in which the smile can be maintained to remain healthy and beautiful. Call our practice today at (703) 490-5888 to request a consultation appointment with our dentist. We are open to new and established patients and serve individuals in our practice, conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive.