Take care of your gums – help your heart?
The American Heart Association published a statement in April 2012 supporting a connection between gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) and heart disease. While the statement noted that current scientific data does not indicate if regular brushing and flossing or the treatment of gum disease will decrease the incidence or severity of the narrowing or the arteries (also called atherosclerosis) that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, it does note that many studies show an as-yet-unexplained association between gum disease and several serious health conditions, including heart disease.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. The American Dental Association offers the most following tips to avoid gum disease and maintain good oral health:
– Brush your teeth twice each day with a fluoride toothpaste
– Clean between the teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner
– Eat a balanced diet and avoid sugary between meal snacks
– Visit your dentist regularly for oral examinations and professional cleanings.
SO – maintain good oral health and a great smile may also help protect your overall health!