Everything is connected. We must take care of all aspects of our bodies to ensure a long and healthy life. When we realize that if we take good care of our oral health, it can affect our heart health.
Bad breath, a buildup of plaque, or gum disease, will harm the overall state of our bodies, including our hearts. The opposite is also true. It starts with what we eat to ensure we do not develop extreme heart conditions.
Plaque buildup in our mouth and on our teeth is associated with an increase in heart conditions. Sometimes, you can feel a film on your teeth. It is a type of plaque that is filled with bacteria. Plaque can move into the bloodstream and the arteries, where the fat, cholesterol, and other unhealthy substances build up and cause inflammation.
Although these may not feel like too big of a deal, the Harvard Medical School found that people with gum disease can be up to three times more likely t suffer a heart attack or stroke.
When extra bacteria or fatty deposits enter our bloodstream, the body is put under pressure to fight them off. The added pressure increases inflammation, and the body and heart have to work harder to normalize the PH balance of the blood and dispel the added fat and bacteria.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily breaks down the bacteria found in plaque. When we remove all the harmful bacteria, we reduce the possibility of added bacteria entering the body, bloodstream, and arteries. That is why brushing your teeth before bed and first thing in the morning is critical.
Preventing gum disease is the first prize. Regular visits to your dentist are essential for the early detection of any underlying issues. It is not always a pleasant experience, but if you find the proper dental practice and resonate with the dentist, you can see that knowing what is wrong earlier will benefit you in the long run.
You can make better choices when you understand the correlation between food and oral health. Not only sweets and sugary drinks can disrupt your gum health. Yes, they can cause cavities, which can be painful and cause tooth decay, but eating a diet high in trans fats, can be as detrimental. If you find that you have consistent bad breath, gut health, and diet, maybe the contributor.
The most crucial factor to consider is what you consume daily. A diet high in fresh vegetables and a reasonable portion of fruits can instantly reduce your risk of gum and heart disease.
Listen to your body and see what it is telling you. If you have constant indigestion, bad breath, and weight gain, consider consulting a healthcare professional on how you can improve your diet to mitigate future risks. Speak to your dentist about preventing and, if necessary, correcting any gum disease plaque buildup you may have.
Start today, and set yourself up for a healthier future.
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