Smile! February Is Heart MonthTuesday, February 18th, 2014, 7:46 pm
Did you know that heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States? Cardiovascular disease is a major public health issue, and dental care plays an important role in improving your heart health.
Approximately 800,000 Americans die from cardiovascular disease each year, and hundreds of thousands of the deaths caused by heart disease and stroke could have been prevented through treatment or lifestyle changes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There are many links between poor heart health and dental issues, including plaque build up, periodontal disease and inflammation. Here are four lifestyle changes you can make today that will benefit the health of both your heart and teeth:
- Improve Your Daily Brushing Routine. A study found that only 7 percent of manual toothbrush users met the two-minute brushing time recommendation. Even more troubling, one in five Americans do not brush their teeth twice a day and less than half of adults floss on a daily basis. Click here to learn tips for how you can improve your daily oral hygiene routine.
- Cut Down on Sugar. A recent study by the World Health Organization found that reducing sugar intake substantially decreases people’s risk of cavities and gum disease. People who eat six teaspoons of sugar as part of their daily diet have significantly better dental health than those who eat more sugar. So slash your sugar intake and save your smile!
- Quit Smoking. Along with the obvious negative consequences to their smile such as yellowed teeth and bad breath, smoking also affects your teeth, gums and mouth. Smoking cigarettes is the primary cause of severe gum disease, which leads to tooth loss. Smoking also increases one’s risk of developing periodontal disease, plaque build up and infection.
- Get Regular Dental Cleanings. Make sure that you stick to the recommended schedule of getting a cleaning twice a year. These regular biannual cleanings, along with a yearly dental check up, will ensure that your mouth stays healthy. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Oral Health in Toccoa
If you would like to learn more about oral health, annual dental check ups or any of the dental treatments that the Wilbanks Smile Center offers, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be contacted at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.