February is American Heart Month! Did you know that your heart is significantly impacted by your oral health?
We’re passionate about keeping you healthy. Read on to learn more about how your oral health affects your heart, and the measures you can take to help maintain dental and heart health!
Risks of Poor Dental Health
Poor dental health, including lack of regular brushing, has been shown to put your heart at risk. Examples include:
- Bacteria from damaged blood vessels within your gyms may cause inflammation, which may damage your heart
- Heightened blood pressure may occur if you do not brush your teeth regularly
- Studies have suggested that gum disease may lead to an increased risk of heart disease
- Tooth loss has been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease
Healthy Dental Habits for your Heart
Practicing good dental hygiene is essential not only for oral and cardiovascular wellbeing, but for your overall health. Be sure to make oral health a priority by:
- Brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day
- Seeing a dentist at least once every six months
- Flossing and using mouthwash
- Limiting sugary foods, which can cause cavities and dissolve enamel
- Quitting smoking
- Seeing a dental professional early when any dental issues arise
At The Art of Dentistry & Spa, we care about your wellbeing and are proud to share our expertise. Our dental professionals are here to help with regular cleanings, root canals, implants, mercury filling removals, and other services to help improve your oral health.
We hope you have a heart-healthy February and beyond!