February is National Heart month, which is supported by the British Heart Foundation. We at New Road Dental thought that this would be a good opportunity to let you know about the links between oral health and heart disease.
The billions of bacteria and other microscopic critters that live in the mouth unquestionably influence the health of teeth and gums, but do they also cause problems for the heart and blood vessels?
The answer is yes. Gum disease has been linked to a variety of other health problems, including:
- Heart disease and heart attacks
- Diabetes and its control
- Rheumatoid arthritis
But it isn’t all doom and gloom! The good news is that brushing your teeth properly and looking after your gums can prevent and treat gum disease, improve your overall health and help reduce your risk of health problems, such as heart disease. All you need to do is:
- Visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for cleaning and check-ups
- Follow a routine of brushing your teeth for a full two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Clean between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes
It really is beneficial to maintain a good level of oral health, and not just to prevent bad breath!
For more information or if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to visit us at
119 New Road, Croxley Green, WD33EN
Or give us a call on 01923 776 270 and one of our friendly Customer Service Advisors will be more than happy to help.