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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart: How Dental Hygiene is Connected to Cardiovascular Health
by Dr. Michael Popp on Apr 3, 2015

Did you know your teeth are connected to your heart? Not literally, but the fact is that oral hygiene affects your cardiovascular health, according to research. Since heart disease takes the life of one Canadian every 7 minutes, paying attention to all of the factors that keep the disease at bay has never been more critical. In Calgary, dentist Dr. Michael Popp and his team of hygienists at Marlborough Dental Centre recommend good oral hygiene to all of their patients, and part of the reason is good heart health.

So, how is oral hygiene connected to heart health? It has to do with bacteria. Sub-par oral care routines can let bacteria build up in our mouth and spread at exponential rates. There’s a possibility that this bacteria can get into our bloodstream and eventually harden the arteries.

Visiting Dr. Popp and the team at Marlborough Dental Centre in Calgary is a great way to create a plan for you and your family, in order to adopt a great oral hygiene routine. They’ll give you an oral hygiene assessment, book you in for a cleaning, and provide tips on how to maintain great oral health.

If you’d like to get started on preventing heart disease with good oral health today, here are the top 5 keys to a healthy mouth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Eat healthy foods; avoid too much sugar
  • Don't smoke
  • Pay a visit to your dental hygienist

 

Next, stop by Marlborough Dental Centre or book an appointment by calling 403-248-2066 or clicking the Contact Us tab on the left. We look forward to seeing you!


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