How do we prevent and understand heart disease? Your teeth provide crucial messages for long-term heart health. Let’s look at why.
Your skeletal system and blood supply share a common link which we will call the Bone-Heart Axis.
Look at the diagram above. 🚨🚨🚨This is describing the process that is in place if you break a limb. 🚨🚨🚨 🚑🚑🚑
There are circulating calcium molecules ready to go to an area that needs repair. 🚑🚑🚑 HOWEVER, in cardiovascular disease, there is often calcium deposited in arteries where it should be. 🔥🔥🔥What happens first? Inflammation. 🔥🔥🔥 Both in vitro and clinical studies have suggested that a sequence of active bone metabolism processes contribute to cardiovascular calcification and that osteogenic activity is initiated by inflammation.
If your skeletal system is lacking crucial nutrients, it behaves in ways it shouldn’t. AND, bone making cells come from the same place that immune cells do.
So what happens in the long term? Well you could lose bone density (and likely have increased risk of dental disease). Studies show that decreased bone density comes along along with arterial calcification in humans; this was corroborated by mouse studies that further demonstrated that arterial plaque risk corresponds with reduced bone mineralization. Limited studies suggest a mechanism behind this seemingly paradoxical event; a recent literature review, for example, discussed the possibility that osteoporosis and cardiovascular calcification are tissue-specific responses to chronic inflammation. However, the precise nature of the reciprocal regulation of arterial calcification, calcific aortic valve disease, and bone osteogenesis remains unknown.
Clinical studies have suggested associations between arterial calcification, arterial blockages and osteoporosis. Although this link initially was thought to be age related, epidemiological evidence has demonstrated an age-independent correlation between bone mineral density (BMD) and cardiovascular events.
Functional Dentistry provides a window to simplify how we look at the body.
Can anyone think of the nutrient systems involved in preventing calcifying arteries? Food first!