Kiss your Valentine with confidence this holiday, and everyday, by brushing and flossing regularly, while also maintaining your oral and overall health. Your good health is the greatest gift you can share with the people you love!
February is not only has Valentines Day but also is American Heart Month. Its the perfect opportunity to make a commitment to preventing heart disease while maintaining oral health. Heart disease leads to one in four deaths annually. Going to the dentist is one of the ways to protect your oral and heart health.
Research has shown the link between heart disease and gum disease. Studies have found similar bacteria in the mouths of patients with gum disease as in people with hardening arteries.While researchers are not completely sure how to account for this link, the working theory is that the body reacts to inflammation by elevating certain chemicals in the blood. In the short run, these chemicals fight inflammation but in the long run can damage vessels in the heart and other organs. The chronic inflammation of gum disease may contribute to these inflammatory factors being constantly elevated.
Some of the signs of gum disease include bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, chronic bad breathe and loose teeth or gums that pull away from your teeth.
What are the best tools for maintaining oral health? Visit your dentist regularly for an exam and dental cleaning and floss and brush your teeth twice a day. This will help keep your smile young and beautiful for years to come. Happy Valentines Day!