Impact of Oral Hygiene on Heart Health
Many studies have linked heart health with periodontal health. According to the California Dental Association, the cause-and-effect relationship between these two systems has not been established, but periodontal disease has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
Every year, more than 700,000 Americans experience a heart attack, and more than half a million die of heart disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Prevention is a major part of the puzzle with both periodontal disease and heart disease. Taking steps to improve your dental health might also improve your heart health.
The California Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, and scheduling dental regular exams. Avoid sugary drinks, and be sure to eat a balanced diet, which can nourish your teeth and gums from the inside. Exercise can be helpful for your heart, but can also improve blood flow to the gums. However, avoid sports drinks, which can be full of sugar and acid, and fuel your workouts with nutritious whole foods rather than convenient, high carbohydrate snacks.
Symptoms of periodontal disease need to be addressed as soon as possible. These can include inflamed or swollen gums, gums that bleed easily, chronic bad breath, and gums that seem to be pulling away from the teeth or receding. Early diagnosis and proper management can help reduce the risk of long-term damage and promote better dental and general health.
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