Your Teeth and Heart Disease
We all know what to do — and what not to do — in order to prevent heart disease. Don’t overindulge on salty or fatty foods; get enough exercise and rest; eat your vegetables and take medications to prevent worsening of an existing condition.
But heart disease can also be managed if you remember one very important part of the daily regimen: brushing your teeth. Dentists know that regular brushing — as part of any oral care routine — can help to prevent heart disease.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (also called heart disease). One study found that the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, were good predictors heart disease.
So, give your heart a break and brush your teeth and floss daily, and stay away from acidic, sugary foods. Your dentist knows that one of the only ways your mouth can actually talk to your heart – and have it listen.