A Healthy Mouth Equals A Healthier Heart
When it comes to our bodies, everything is interconnected in a complex ecosystem. In fact, recent studies suggest that there is a link between our oral health and our cardiovascular health, and that proper oral hygiene can reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke!
The Connection Between Gum Health And Heart Health
Inflammation caused by gum disease can possibly contribute to an increased risk for heart problems. Since the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, gums that are infected or bleeding allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
Once inside, some types of bacteria cause low-level inflammation of blood vessels but do not show as a blood infection. This makes treatment very difficult once the bacteria have become established in the body. The constant low-level inflammation can induce atherosclerosis–the hardening of arterial walls–which can lead to blockages.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Everyone knows that a healthy diet and exercise is good for your heart, but if you are not practicing good oral hygiene, your cardiovascular health may be at risk. Fortunately, the worst offenders (gum disease and tooth decay) are completely preventable! Follow these guidelines to help keep your mouth (and heart) healthy and disease-free:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes while gently massaging the gums
- Floss every day
- Brush your teeth or rinse with water after eating or drinking throughout the day
- Don’t skip your regular dental cleanings and checkups
As research continues, it’s likely that there will be more links found between gum disease and heart disease. Establishing good dental hygiene habits now and sticking to them will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and a myriad of other problems.
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