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Simple dental hygiene may reduce risk for heart disease

Maintaining a healthy mouth is essential to promoting healthy teeth and preventing gum diseases. It may also be a way of preventing heart disease. According to research reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association good dental hygiene and health may be crucial in preventing heart valve infection. The study found that people who practice little to no dental hygiene had a higher amount of bacteria in their mouths and bloodstreams then those who practiced dental hygiene on a regular basis. Those who rarely practice are highly susceptible to oral diseases such as gingivitis, periodontal disease and even heart infections. There are only a few basic things you need to do to help prevent these diseases.

The first thing you should always do is brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth eliminates more bacteria than any other oral activity. It is essential to healthy teeth and fresh breath. Brushing your teeth removes plague and tartar build up preventing it from causing tooth decay. The mouth has more bacteria in it than any other body part so brushing your teeth allows you to remove most of that bacteria and prevent it from falling into the bloodstream and causing an infection. At least twice a day is enough to reduce the amount of bacteria you carry in your mouth.

Another thing you should do is floss and. Flossing is just as essential as brushing your teeth because it prevents tartar and plague build up between the teeth and can help remove bacteria from the gums. Tooth brushing does not get rid of all the plague and build up in your mouth. Most of the time the plague is stuck deep in between the teeth where the tooth brush bristles cannot reach. Plague and buildup between the teeth is worst than outside of the teeth because it’s easier access to the gums. Leaving plague in between the teeth and attached to the gums can cause gum disease and heart failure. Floss reaches where the toothbrush cannot and removes any access plague and build up left behind.This too should be done at least twice a day.

The last two things I would suggest you do is rinse and visit your dentist regularly. Rinsing your mouth with mouth wash or even hydrogen peroxide can kill bacteria and prevent it from spreading to the bloodstream. Rinsing can also kill bad breath germs leading to longer lasting fresh breath. You don’t have to rinse everyday but you should rinse often. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is just as essential as brushing and flossing. Dentists can pinpoint the problems in your mouth that you can’t see and fix what flossing and brushing can’t. It is important to see them often to know whether or not your mouth is truly healthy.

Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the world and is too often caused by bacterial agents found in your mouth. Taking care of your teeth isn’t a difficult task. If it reduces your chances of oral diseases and reduces your chances of any cardiovascular disease then it should come as second nature.