We know that February is National Heart Month, but what you may ask, does that have to do with your teeth? Heart disease claims over 610,000 lives each year, and is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. But did you know that a link has been found between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?
According to a 2016 study by the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, having gum disease can increase the risk of a first heart by 28%.
“Although the findings indicate a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still unclear whether one actually causes the other,” says the American Heart Association. The two conditions have some of the same risk factors, including smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection.
Practicing health habits can help lower your risks of both gum and heart disease.
Daily good habits such as:
- Brushing and flossing daily to remove plaque.
- Following healthy dietary habits by reducing sugars and starches.
- Avoiding chewing tobacco and cigarette smoking that can destroy your gums and cause heart disease.
By just implementing a few good habits you can help your gums and teeth and also, by design, your heart. Give us a call here at Brogdon Dental and let us give your gums an exam and see how you rate.