Heart disease and gums
A number of recent studies have identified an association between heart disease and gum disease.
Gum disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting structures of the teeth.
Loss of teeth often results from untreated gum disease.
Signs of gum disease include bleeding and swollen gums.
Risk factors for gum disease and heart disease are similar. They include:
- Family history
- Heavy deposits of dental plaque
- Quit smoking
- Reduce salt and sugar consumption
- Ensure good oral hygiene habits. Daily effective brushing and flossing
- Minimize fatty food intake
- Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Regular visits to the dentist for plaque control