Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart6 February 2018
Regular visits to the hygienist, good regular brushing and oral health instruction, such as flossing helps to remove bacteria from our teeth. If you do not brush your teeth correctly, the bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums. This inflammation if left untreated, can result in gingivitis which can further lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.
HOW DOES YOUR ORAL HEALTH AFFECT YOUR HEART?
Heart disease or cardiovascular disease is linked to oral health. The bacteria present from periodontal disease and inflammation of the gums can enter your bloodstream. It continues to travel to the arteries in the heart and cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The onset of this action can cause an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
HEALTHY MOUTH, HEALTHY HEART ROUTINE
Brushing your teeth properly, visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly will definitely help your oral health but may just benefit your heart as well. Follow a routine of brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, additionally clean between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes.