Toledo Dentist celebrates Heart Health all year long.
February is National Heart Health awareness month. Oral health affects your overall health. Periodontitis (gum disease) and heart disease share risk factors and
may occur simultaneously. Thorough brushing can help lower levels of inflammation in your body which can lower your risk for heart attacks.
“Although the findings indicate a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still unclear whether one actually causes the other,” says the American Heart Association. The two conditions have some of the same risk factors, including smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection. 3
Prevention is the best medicine to lower your risk. Health professionals recommend patients:
Brush and floss regularly
Manage their weight
Control their blood pressure
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Jonathan Frankel, D.D.S. Toledo, Ohio
It’s important to see a dentist regularly to make sure your teeth, gums and tongue are healthy. Your dentist will be able to detect poor nutrition and signs of developing health problems.
I still say, ‘Shoot for the moon; you might get there.’
The last night’s snow moon reflects the sun just like your smile mirrors your overall health. The new moon is a great time to reflect and make choices toward health.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Why are Dr. Frankel and his staff always saying “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body?” 7 quick facts that explain why maintaining good oral health is essential to achieving great overall health.
Oral health and overall health are not mutually exclusive, in fact, they are inextricably connected. WOW! That’s a lot of big words, but basically what we are saying is if you let the health of your teeth and gums decline, you are setting yourself up to get really, really sick.
Routine cleanings, flossing, sealants and fluoride may seem like a hassle, but in reality
they are saving you from dangerous conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
1.) Gum Disease causes halitosis, better known as “knock-you-over bad breath.”
2.) 2x. Seeing double? Patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart
3.) 3x. Triple what? Patients with gum disease have an increased risk of stroke triple that
of those patients without gum disease.
4.) 4x – the average increased cost of one restorative dental procedure as compared to a
regular checkup appointment.
5.) The number of primary things you need to do to maintain your healthy mouth:
Brush 2x daily
Floss 1x daily
Visit 2x yearly
Avoid tobacco products
Eat a well-balanced diet
6.) 62% – The percentage of increased risk, according to Harvard researchers, for
patients with gum disease to develop pancreatic and kidney cancers.
7.) 7x. Women with gum disease are seven times more likely to deliver premature or
It is so important to keep a healthy mouth in order to promote a healthy body! Don’t let
fear, cost, or time be a factor to keep you away. Dr. Frankel says, “I care about people’s
smiles and firmly believe that with a great smile, you can improve your appearance, self
In observance of National Heart Month, it is also important to understand the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy heart. Brushing and flossing your teeth not only leads to a bright smile – studies have shown that oral health may provide warning signs for other conditions such as heart disease. For more information about how heart disease and oral health may be linked, please read the full article here.
Jon Frankel’s Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart Tips:
Visit your dentist regularly to identify gum disease early and remove bacteria, plaque and tartar
Brush and floss your teeth regularly, especially with an ultrasonic electric toothbrush
Make sure your dentist is up-to-date with any conditions and medications you are currently taking
Treat and monitor gum disease right away
Commit to a healthy lifestyle
Share this knowledge with a loved one this Valentine’s day to help keep their mouths and hearts healthy!
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