How Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Heart Disease
We hear it time and time again—“Decrease stress, lose weight, don’t smoke and watch your cholesterol for heart disease prevention.” Did you know though that there is another preventative measure you can take which doesn’t require the prick of a needle or hours on the treadmill?
Periodontist Sally Cram, DDS says, “There are a lot of studies that suggest that oral health, and gum disease in particular, are related to serious conditions like heart disease.” According to WebMD, people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. A recent study discovered that the presence of gingivitis, missing teeth and cavities were indicators as reliable as cholesterol tests when it comes to predicting heart disease.
What does that mean for you? Good news! With every floss, brush, and dental appointment, you have lowered your risk for periodontal disease and unknowingly taken a stand against the leading cause of death in the United States. Don’t let the size of your toothbrush fool you. This inexpensive yet powerful tool has the potential to save you a substantial amount of money in doctors’ bills and prescription fees. It also has the potential to save your life.
It is never too late to begin taking care of your teeth and gums. Whether this is an area you have excelled in or neglected in the past, commit just a few minutes a day to positive oral hygiene habits, and embrace a healthier life!
The American Dental Association suggests that you:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles fray.
- Floss Daily
- Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Having a healthy smile gives us something to smile about. Join the ranks of others who are saying, “No” to heart disease by saying, “No” to gum disease.
Be sure to ask Dr. Moore - dentist in Southlake, TX - about proper dental hygiene. Schedule an appointment online or call us at (817) 410-7373.