Heart disease affects more than 60 million Americans. It is the leading cause of death in this country. However, there are things you can do to help protect yourself from becoming a victim.
Risks for heart disease include smoking, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Now more and more studies are suggest that periodontal disease may increase your risk for heart disease. Recent studies indicate that people with periodontal disease have almost twice as likely to have a fatal heart attack than those who do not.
Those of you, who are not familiar with the term periodontal disease, may recognize it as gum disease. It is a bacterial infection of the gums, bone and periodontal ligaments that support the teeth and hold them in the jaw.
Healthy gums and teeth are vital for a healthy body. Since periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, it can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs where it will begin new infections in the body. The heart is one of the most susceptible organs for this type of bacterial infection.
A healthy balanced diet, regular exercise and abstinence from smoking are all key factors to maintain or improve your heart’s health. Try to avoid refined sugar as it is a haven for growing bacteria. If you do eat something sweet, be sure to brush your teeth directly afterwards to remove the sugar before the bacteria has a chance to move in.
If you or members of your family have a history of heart problems, it is especially important for you to have good periodontal health. This means brushing after every meal, flossing at least once a day if not more, and seeing your dentist at least twice every year.
Good women’s health pertains to every part of your body. Your teeth are not only the bright ivories that give you your wonderful smile, they are the gateway to your body.
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