Besides Valentine’s Day, February is also “Heart Healthy Month” and “Gum Awareness Month”. With studies showing a direct link between periodontal disease and heart disease, heart attack and stroke, it’s important to keep your gums, teeth and mouth healthy.
Here are some sobering statistics about those who have gum disease:
· 1.3X more likely to develop heart disease
· 18X more likely to have a stroke
· 7X more likely to have a heart attack
· 14X more likely to have a heart attack, if you also smoke.
In the U.S. one person has a stroke every 40 seconds, according to the CDC.
So brush twice a day, floss once a day and visit your dentist every 6 months. A healthy mouth helps keep your heart and brain heathier. It’s one easy, daily habit that reaps large, long term health benefits. At Kaprelian Orthodontics, we monitor our patient’s oral health at each visit. Healthy teeth move faster, and we want to make sure our patients have healthy smiles.