Brushing your teeth boasts many benefits, ranging from fresh breath to gum disease prevention. But you might be surprised to learn that good oral hygiene could also translate to a healthy heart.
The overarching reason? The whole body is related, and oral health is important for your overall health. But more specifically, scientists believe it’s possible inflammation caused by gum disease could increase the risk of heart disease.
Some studies have identified a link between gum disease and heart disease, though a cause-and-effect relationship hasn’t yet been firmly established.
When it comes to good dental care, here are a few tips to keep your mouth healthy, plus how you can recognize the warning signs of gum disease.
Story by Kaiser Permanente