Oral Health and Heart Disease
Everyone knows exercise is good for the heart and mind, but you may not be aware that poor oral hygiene can cause heart disease. If you have poor oral hygiene, you can end up with bleeding gum tissue. Bleeding tissue in the gums provides an entry point 700 for bacteria found in our mouth to enter into the bloodstream. When these dangerous bacteria enter the bloodstream, they encounter tiny fragments called platelets that clot blood. Bacteria stick to the platelets, which causes them to clot inside the blood vessel, and partially block it. These blockages prevent blood flow back to the heart and increase the risk of suffering a heart attack. Flossing daily, brushing three times a day, and keeping your regular checkups will help you keep a healthy smile and a healthy heart.