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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
March 01, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   brushing   heart disease  

Brushing Your Teeth Is Heart Healthy!

How Does Brushing Your Teeth Keep Your Heart Healthy?Everyone knows that getting regular dental visits for cleanings and brushing and flossing at home is the best way to keep your gums and teeth healthy.  Preventive care is the key to great dental health.  But did you know that brushing and flossing is heart healthy?

There are multiple studies that  link gum health with heart health.  Your mouth can be a great indicator of your overall health.  If you do not have a healthy mouth, many times you will have other serious health issues including possible heart disease issues.  When you have gum disease, have may also have other rish factors relating to your heart.  So far these are only observations and they are not saying that one causes the other.

Be on the lookout for signs of gum disease in your mouth especially if you have any kind of heart disease or family history of heart disease.  These syptoms including but are not limited to:  chronic bad breath, developing loose teeth, bleeding gums especially when you brush, swollen or red gums.  Your dentist should be informed if anything like this develops.

How Does Brushing Your Teeth Keep Your Heart Healthy?The reason gum disease and heart disease may be related is the amount of inflammation they cause in your blood vessels.  This inflammation causes changes throughout your body.   Either of these conditions will also be worse if you are a smoker, have diabetes and increased age.  All of these added together can make either condition worse.

Having a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever for overall health.  This starts with your daily mouth care and brushing and flossing.  Who knew your mouth could possibly effect your bodies health, especially  your heart.

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