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.
February is devoted to children’s dental health. As parents, caregivers and health professionals, we should be committed to educating children about the importance of oral health and the lifelong benefits.
Here are some ways you can help promote dental health with your children:
Be involved in their brushing routine — brush together as a family to some music!
Encourage healthy eating and drinking — offer water with nutritious snacks.
Take your child to the dentist for their checkups and cleanings.
Play dentist at home and talk about what happens at their visit!
Enjoy their smile. Talk about the importance of a beautiful, healthy smile. Take a photo. Put it where they can see it.
Teach them about the importance of a healthy mouth and healthy body.