How Good Oral Hygiene Affects the Heart
Good dental hygiene is about more than just your smile, as many health conditions are first found through symptoms in the mouth. It could also affect your heart, as several studies have linked dental health with heart health. While no study yet proves a cause-and-effect relationship, there is evidence that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. Regular tooth cleaning and checkups from Dr. Frame can be a great first-line defense against gum disease that may just help you keep your whole body healthier, also.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control more than half-a-million people die of heart disease every year, and nearly three-quarters of a million people suffer a heart attack annually. The California Dental Association recommends educating patients on the mouth and heart link. When your teeth and gums are both healthy, then your whole body benefits, as well. A healthy smile generally indicates a healthy body. When you suffer from tooth or gum problems, you are also more likely to suffer from general health issues.
You can keep your teeth healthier with a balanced diet, good dental hygiene and regular checkups. Eating a varied diet rich in whole, natural foods nourishes your teeth and gums, while it is also good for your body. Good dental hygiene keeps plaque and bacteria under control so that it is less likely to infect your gums or cross into the bloodstream. Regular checkups will catch problems at early stages, which give us more conservative treatment options. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment for tooth cleaning with Dr. Frame.
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