Boost Heart Health with Good Oral Care

February 12, 2012
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It is no coincidence that a strong correlation exists between oral health and overall health. After all, most foreign matter enters the body through the mouth. Still, even the most health conscious among us are often guilty of neglecting our dental health. Research from the past ten years demonstrates that it is time for oral care to be given the kind of attention a perfect smile deserves.

The mouth-heart connection is well documented. A 2004 study found that 91 percent of patients with cardiovascular disease also suffered from moderate to severe periodontal disease. Annual dental checkups are an important step in recognizing this condition because it is often painless in the early stages. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, approximately 75 percent of American adults have some form of periodontal disease.

Give your mouth the best care by choosing healthy oral care products. The Natural Dentist makes toothpastes and mouthwashes that are free of alcohol, dyes, harsh chemicals, detergents and artificial preservatives. Our product selection from Desert Essence is free of harsh abrasives, synthetic sweeteners and artificial flavors. Pharmaca also carries eco-friendly toothbrushes by Recycline, made from recycled yogurt containers, and many more oral health favorites.

Our health care practitioners recommend the following steps as part of a holistic oral care regimen:

  • Brush after every meal
  • Floss every day
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables and whole grains
  • Include dental health in discussions with your doctor
  • Supplement with calcium and vitamin C
  • Exercise regularly to improve circulation
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
  • Visit your dentist at least once each year