Good dental hygiene is something which we learn at an early age is important for the health of our teeth and gums. But did you know our overall oral health could also contribute to our risk of heart disease?
There have been several recent studies which have shown there may be a link between to the two. Research has shown there may be 2 links between gum disease and our overall risk of heart disease such as stroke and coronary heart disease.;
1. Some of the bacteria found in gum disease have also been found in the arteries of people at high risk of heart disease.
2. Inflammation: This is common for both gum disease and heart disease. People with gum disease have high levels of inflammatory proteins which can increase the overall risk of heart disease.
Although scientists are still conducting the research on the link between to 2 conditions it is important to ensure our oral health is high1.
There are many ways you can improve your overall oral health:
- Brush teeth twice a day
- Use a tooth brush with soft bristles
- Avoid drinks high in sugar
- Regular flossing
- Having regular check-ups every 6 months with your dental practitioner2
For more information about improving your dental health and ways to reduce your overall risk of heart disease speak to your Amcal Pharmacist today.
1. WebMd. (2015). Healthy Teeth, Healthy Heart? Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/healthy-teeth-healthy-heart?page=2
2. Better Health Channel. (2015). Gum disease. Retrieved from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/gum-disease