‘Well, we’re about two weeks into the New Year. Have you kept up with your resolutions? If one of them was flossing, have you worked that part of teeth cleaning into your daily routine? If you’re a smoker who resolved to quit, are you past the sneaking cigarettes stage and into the part where you’re […]
Scientists aren’t sure yet, but there are couple theories. One school of thought thinks that bad oral bacteria enters the bloodstream through the gums and contributes directly to fatty deposits in arteries. Another idea thinks it’s the body’s immune response to increased bacteria counts; blood cells swell to combat the foreign invaders, and they end up piling up on each other more easily on their way out of your heart.
In any case, besides all the other reasons to floss and quit smoking, the benefits to your dental health are too good to ignore, especially since dental and oral health contributes to your overall well being. Whatever the exact relationship between gum disease and heart disease, taking care of your mouth will make you heart healthy, too. And taking care of your heart is a resolution worth keeping!’