Is there a connection between healthy teeth and gums and heart health? Doctors are recognizing the connection more and more. Brushing our teeth two or three times daily is not just good for a pretty smile; it may be good for maintaining a healthy heart as well!
Over the past 20 years, researchers and doctors around the world have studied thousands of patients and noticed a very strong statistical relationship between having healthy teeth and gums and having a healthy heart. In fact, the connection between good oral hygiene and good health extends to several health conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney disease
Doctors note that the more severe the dental and gum disease, the more likely a person is to develop a stroke or heart attack. Some studies have reported up to a 70 percent increased likelihood of the diseases listed above with poor oral health. Continue reading A healthy smile can also mean a healthy heart