If you want to avoid heart disease later in life, one effective way might be to see your dentist regularly.
Wait a minute, you may be saying. What does treating my teeth have to do with the long-term health of my heart? There is a lot of scientific evidence that suggests that people with gum disease, periodontal disease, and other dental issues may be more susceptible to heart problems when they get older.
So seeing your dentist now could be a way to live longer, feel better, and have a healthier, happier heart.
Good Oral Habits
The link between oral health and heart disease is still being studied. And researchers have not found a definitive cause for why people with dental issues tend to have more heart problems when they get older. But it is safe to say that a good way to help your heart stay stronger longer is to take care of your teeth now.
Brushing regularly, flossing, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings may help you avoid heart issues such as cardiovascular disease when you get older. Plus, it will also help you keep your bright smile, fresh breath, and healthy teeth right now.
Never Too Late
It’s never too late to start taking better care of your teeth. Even if you already have symptoms of gum disease, you can get relief and possibly help improve your heart health if you see your dentist now.
Gum disease symptoms include red, swollen gums; bleeding after flossing or brushing; receding gumline; pus on the gums; pain when you chew or bite; and loose teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Going to the dentist is good for your smile. But it also may be good for your long-term heart health.