Mind out of the gutter. This post on oral health is concerned only about your teeth and gums. A recent study by the British Medical Journal found that those with poor oral hygiene are more at risk to develop heart disease. Findings showed that those who brush twice a day had a 70% lower chance of heart disease compared to those who brush less, or not at all. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash not only leave your teeth brighter and whiter, they also prevent tooth decay and remove bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Some research has linked these disease causing germs to narrowing of the arteries, a contributing factor in heart disease.
So how can you improve your oral health? Grab a toothbrush and get to scrubbing! The American Dental Association recommends brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day, with an ADA approved toothbrush and flouride toothpaste. Floss once a day and visit your dentist twice a year (every 6 months) for routine cleaning and screening. Also avoid acidic and sugary foods and beverages that can erode your enamel. Taking good care of your teeth not only results in fresh breath and a nice smile, but it also benefits your heart health. So twice a day, every day, brush 'em up!