Oral Health: A Step Towards Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
February marks National Wear Red Day for the awareness and prevention of heart disease, lung disease and strokes.
Nearly 50 million Americans experience cardiovascular issues and is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States today. Recently, scientists have made a link between cardiovascular disease and oral health. Yes, oral health! Periodontitis, or gum disease, may be associated with the development of cardiovascular disease. One theory is that the inflammatory proteins and the bacteria in the periodontal tissue enter the blood stream and cause various negative effects on the cardiovascular system. Luckily periodontitis is preventable and treatable.
Brush twice daily: Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.
Floss daily: Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.
Swish and gargle mouthwash daily: Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.
Lastly, know your risk: age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with your dental professional.
If you suspect you have gum disease schedule an appointment with your dentist. They can acess your condition and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Limit your risks today. Nearly 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable. Along with a healthy diet, regular exercise and good oral health, heart and lung disease can be prevented! Start today!