February is American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and making small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease claims approximately 610,000 lives each year, making it the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States.
Most people are aware of the impact heart disease has in the US, but did you also know that research has shown a link between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?
According to a 2014 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, treating gum disease can go a long way to help lessen the impact of coronary artery disease. Patients who were treated for gum disease have lower medical costs and fewer hospitalizations.
While there is a link between the two, it’s not clear if one actually causes the other, according to the American Heart Association. Both conditions have similar risk factors, such as smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes.
You can help lower your risk of both gum and heart disease with regular healthy habits.
- Make sure your brush and floss regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in essential nutrients.
- Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco.
- See your hygienist regularly!
Schedule your appointment with your hygienist to keep your gums and heart healthy!