Day 17: Floss Your Teeth
You may have heard that what comes from the mouth flows from the heart, but did you know that what comes from the mouth can flow down to the heart as well?
Make it easier to take care of your heart by taking care of your entire body, including your mouth. This is another simple way that may help lower your risk for heart disease. Nearly half of all adults ages 30 years or older show signs of gum disease due to lack of oral care. Gum disease appears to worsen blood pressure and may interfere with medications to treat high blood pressure.
To help you remember to floss, place the container near your toothbrush. You can also bring extra to work or keep some with you in the car to use in between meals. We have a number of ways to improve oral health for your heart.
How to Maintain Oral Health
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. If you don’t want to keep time, try a battery-operated toothbrush with a timer that will turn off automatically when you’ve brushed for an appropriate amount of time.
- Find a dentist you love and visit them on a regular basis. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least once a year to get a routine examination and cleaning. If you have a history of periodontal disease, you should get your teeth cleaned more often in order to prevent the recurrence of infections or disease.
- Do not use tobacco products. If you do, making the decision to quit can make a major impact on your future health.
- Limit your alcohol consumption. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women can have up to one drink per day and men can have up to two drinks.
- Gargle with mouthwash after brushing your teeth for added protection.
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