Oral Health and Your Heart

When we think of dental health, rotten teeth is usually the biggest fear. However, gum disease is also a common outcome and, left untreated, gum disease can have a serious knock on effect that can lead to stroke, heart attack or some forms of cancer. This is because the bacterium produced when we have gum disease can causes chronic inflammation in the mouth and can travel to other areas of the body such as the heart.

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Fighting Gum Disease

Gum disease is typically caused by a buildup of bacteria that causes plaque and tartar to form around the gum line. The best way to fight gum disease is through regular brushing and flossing, and if you are a patient at IFSC dental or another dentist, by having regular 6 monthly cleanings. Watching what you eat and drink is also vitally important.

Our mouths are full of otherwise healthy bacterium that feed off sugar, but when there is too much sugar in the mouth, they go into over-drive. Snacking throughout the day on sweet things or sipping sweet drinks ensures a constant supply of sugar to your mouth. Its important to try to brush your teeth after eating, and to drink water during the day. Tobacco, alcohol, fizzy drinks, fruit juices and smoothies will all have a negative effect on this bacterium too.

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day is the accepted rule when it comes to oral health. However when and how you brush also has an impact. Brushing before eating breakfast can help remove plaque and bacteria and reduce it being swallowed. Whats more, some foods are acidic and brushing when the mouth is in this condition can also be bad for teeth and gums. There has also been a lot in the news lately about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of flossing. However, the key here is the method. Ask a reputable dentist such as those at http://www.docklandsdental.ie/ to show you how to do it properly.

We are all becoming more health and heart conscious, and oral hygiene plays a role here too. But unlike going to the gym, sipping water and brushing and flossing regularly are all very manageable steps we can all take to improving our health. And the results might even mean we have a nicer smile too.

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