Protecting the heart you cherish on Valentines starts in the mouth

28 Jan

hearth healthy smilesAs it was once said “A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home”. It is no wonder why smiles can warm moods, cure bad days and make people fall in love.

In fact, many doctors believe that everything in our body is inner connected. If any given part of us is ill, then our whole body may suffer.  This, first and foremost includes the wellbeing of our mouth and our hearts. Our mouths are considered breeding pools for bacteria. Many of them are non-pathenogenic or harmless.

Usually our natural defenses and good oral health are enough to keep these bacteria at bay. However, some of the bacteria can grow out of control. This can lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Also some disorders, treatments and prescription medications can reduce saliva production, this can disturb the balance of normal bacteria in our mouths. Sometimes this can be so severe that the bacteria can enter the bloodstream.

Many doctors and researchers have stated that heart disease, stroke and clogged arteries might be connected to bacteria and chronic inflammation from “periodontitiss” or severe gum disease. This is especially dangerous for those who have also been diagnosed with diabetes, as this lowers your immune defenses. Pregnant women are also urged to get frequent check-ups, considering gum disease has also been linked to low-birth weight.

Our hearts are also said to have emotional and memory connections, this is why when we feel extreme emotions such as sadness or happiness we feel it in our hearts. This means that a healthy heart may also contribute to our psychological wellbeing. Doctor Saliba, a respected Newport Beach dentist focused on the preventive dental care says, “this year brushing and flossing alone may not be enough to keep our tickers healthy”. In fact, with Valentines Day just around the corner why not schedule ourselves and our loved ones a dental visit to ensure our smiles and hearts are healthy!


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