Spring cleaning for the heart – Periodontal and Heart Disease – The link

08 Mar

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 spring throw your typical house cleaning out the window, there is nothing wrong with reminding yourself and your loved one about how important their heart health is to them as well as to you.  Put together a self-spring cleaning plan and care kit, some fancy toothpaste and a new toothbrush can be a great addition to healthy eating and exercise, make yourself or a loved one a much needed dental appointment.  Educate yourself on how often to brush your teeth and how to properly brush your teeth.

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, proper preventative care and the link to the overall health including the heart.  His office regularly hands out more toothbrushes and toothpaste to the community and local schools in hopes of implementing good oral hygiene at an early age.

This spring, take a little time out of your busy hectic schedule,  holiday and tax preparations by doing something that is self-indulging for you and your family.


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