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Can a Heart Ailment Increase Oral Problems?

Posted on 5/20/2017 by Sundberg Office
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If you suffer from a problem with your heart, could that also put you at risk for additional problems with your oral health? So far there has not been any conclusive research done stating that yes, heart disease can impact your overall oral health.

However, both issues of the heart and issues of the mouth share a lot of similar risk factors. If you are not taking care of your body properly, chances are, you will face issues with both your heart and your mouth.

Risk Factors Shared By Oral Issues and the Heart

Some of the same issues that cause you to be a higher risk of heart problems can also lead you towards having oral issues as well. Problems like smoking have long been known to negatively impact the body in general, just like obesity and diabetes. However, there are things that you can do to decrease your risks for both problems.

Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding anything that your body would classify as toxic are great ways of reducing your risk factors. This would include drinking, smoking, and using drugs. By taking care of your body properly, this means that you should also be taking good care of your mouth.

Make sure to brush like you have been told, two times per day. One of those times, you need to also floss and rinse with a fluoride-enriched mouthwash to give your mouth as many protectors as you can against tooth decay.

While heart problems may not cause oral problems, they are definitely still linked. Take care of your entire body so that you can make sure to reach all of your goals and keep yourself healthy. Start by taking care of your mouth, and going in to see your dentist at least twice per year. Your body will be better off!

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.
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