Oral hygiene keeps heart disease at bay

  • PublishedNovember 30, 2011

In addition to keeping your breath fresh and tooth decay at a minimum, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly could reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream from unhealthy gums can contribute to build-up in your arteries, which can cause heart disease. Make sure you pay attention to your teeth by brushing daily with a good toothbrush and toothpaste. If possible brush teeth after each meal, but it should be routine in the morning and before bed. Ensure your brushing is thorough, spending at least five minutes, using gentle but firm upward and downward movements so you don’t damage the gum. Flossing after each meal is recommended so ensure to always carry dental floss with you. Also, change your toothbrush at least every two months.

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