Valentines day is around the corner, but before cupid strings his arrow your way and you veil your loved one with candy, flowers and jewelry, consider giving the most important gift of all, the gift of a healthy heart.
In recent years heart disease has become one of the main components in many deaths around the world. The number has risen drastically, particularly in women. Statistics show that 8.6 million women die from heart disease every year and many of these women are under the age of 50.
Interestingly enough, when we think of heart disease we automatically think of our diet or lack of exercise. This in fact is true, a poor diet, high in fat and cholesterol combined with little physical activity are major factors. However, there is also a different contributing issue; doctors have now linked periodontal gum disease as a culprit in having a healthy heart. Although there are many studies where researchers are still in the process of trying to figure out exactly on how many levels heart disease and oral health are related. The evidence is clear that a link has been established.
This February 14th throw your typical Valentine’s gift out the window, there is nothing wrong with reminding your hunny about how important their heart health is to them as well as to you. Put together a Valentines Day care kit, some fancy toothpaste and a new toothbrush can be a great addition to that dozen-rose bouquet. Better yet, make your loved one a much needed dental appointment.
Orange County dentist, Doctor Saliba at Selective Dentistry in Corona Del Mar, makes it a priority to educate his patients about the importance of oral health, preventative dental care and the link to the overall health including the heart.
When you wish your loved one a happy Valentine’s Day this year, remind yourself and make a promise to keep your hearts healthy to share again for many years to come.