Thursday, February 13, 2014

Healthy Mouth = Healthy Heart!
Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine recently published a study that found periodontal disease is associated with thickening of the arterial wall. This results in a greater risk of Atherosclerosis, the narrowing of arteries through the build-up of plaque, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and death.

According to the American Heart Association, problems in the mouth can be a warning sign for heart disease. People with periodontaldisease often have risk factors that not only affect their mouths but also their heart and blood vessels.

Follow the Million Hearts initiative on Twitter, a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Take these free risk assessment quizzes to find your personal risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and diabetes and learn what you can do to keep your heart healthy.

The connection between oral health and overall health tells us something important: the mouth is a vital health indicator for the health of the rest of the body. We should remain mindful of how we’re not only treating our bodies, but our teeth and gums, too. Happy Valentine’s Day!