Dental Health and Heart Health
Tooth decay is among the most common chronic diseases in the world, and heart disease is the top cause of death in the United States. However, this may not be much of a coincidence, as research has linked oral bacteria to cardiovascular disease. Oral bacteria, which live in the plaque on your teeth, can irritate the gums. Once they breach that barrier, they can enter the bloodstream and promote plaque buildup in the arteries and blood clot. Good dental care and routine checkups with our Santa Clara dentist can help you keep your smile and your whole body healthier.
You can reduce your risk of developing gum disease by maintaining excellent dental hygiene. Brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristled brush. Replace the toothbrush after three months, after illnesses or when the bristles appear worn. Use floss daily to remove buildup from between the teeth, where it can more easily irritate the gums. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash as recommended to further reduce bacteria. If you notice that your gums are bleeding, look puffy or inflamed or are otherwise abnormal, give us a call for an evaluation.
A healthy diet can nourish your teeth and gums and further reduce your heart attack risk. Look for fresh produce, lean protein, low fat dairy, whole grains and heart-healthy fats for the best results. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame, our expert in teeth cleaning in Santa Clara.
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