World Heart Day 29th Sept
Cardiovascular disease affects the heart or blood vessels and is the world’s number one killer, resulting in 18.6 million deaths a year.
Studies suggest that people with poor oral health, such as gum disease or tooth loss, are more likely to have cardiovascular problems such a heart attack or stroke, than people with good oral health. This is because bacteria in the mouth can move into the circulatory system, causing inflammation and hardening of the arteries. Interestingly, it’s not actually the bacteria that directly causes the problem, it’s the body’s immune response to that bacteria – inflammation. The inflammation then causes vascular damage throughout the body, including the heart and brain.
So what can we do to keep bacteria and therefore, inflammation, to a minimum in order to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? Growing Smiles has some suggestions:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Once at night and also at another time of the day (many people choose to do this first thing in the morning).
- Clean between your teeth once a daily using a suitable interdental cleaning aid such as interdental brushes, at water flosser or other dental floss. Not too sure how to do this efficiently and effectively? Growing Smiles is now offering virtual ‘Clean Between Sessions’ – click for more information.
- Don’t smoke, or if you do smoke – now is an excellent time to stop with Stoptober just around the corner! Get started here.
- Enjoy a healthy balanced diet.
- Maintain a healthy BMI.
- Take regular exercise.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Visit your dental team regularly.
Many diseases are linked to poor oral health, not just cardiovascular disease – this is all the more reason to keep your mouth in tip top condition. If you have any concerns about your oral or overall health, contact your dental team or GP. If you’d like any tailored advice on how to keep on top of your oral health, or that of someone you care for, please contact Growing Smiles to find out more.
Love your teeth as much as we do!