Healthy Teeth, Healthy Heart
If you want a gleaming, healthy smile, the first and most obvious step is to pay close attention to your dental hygiene and health. More than that, though, keeping your mouth healthy can have an even bigger impact on your body. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., claiming over 600,000 lives per year. Over time, researchers have shown a link, if not direct causation, between dental health and heart disease. While direct causation has yet to be determined, gum disease and heart disease share some of the same risk factors- smoking, poor nutrition, diabetes, and overall lack of self-care.
One hypothesis for the ...