Bacteria in your mouth travels to your heart

February is American Heart Month, pioneered by the American Heart Association to bring awareness to heart health. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) motivate Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death, causing 1 in 4 deaths in the United States (CDC, 2020).

There continues to be research and advances in knowledge among the correlation between oral health and heart health. In the presence of gum disease, bacteria have a direct route into the blood vessels, causing inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the body is linked to many cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis (blocked arteries). Professional treatment of gum disease and good oral hygiene will result in a healthier mouth with less inflammation, which is a benefit to everyone.

Here are steps to control plaque accumulation within your mouth.

  • Clean between the teeth once a day.
  • Brush teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes. The size and shape of your toothbrush should allow you to brush the inner surfaces, the outer surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of all your teeth.
  • Everyone has different shape of teeth and specific needs, so it is important to visit your dental professional for individualized homecare recommendations.

The mouth is a part of the body and maintaining proper oral health will in return promote whole body health!

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