Did you know that dental health and heart health are related? This February medical professionals across the country are observing American Heart Month. The goal is the raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In America, one out of every three deaths is a result of heart disease and stroke. Many people don’t realize that a few simple steps can help reduce the risk of heart disease and aid in maintaining good dental health. In today’s blog, your general dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how dental and heart health are related and how diet and exercise can help prevent heart disease and protect your smile.
Obesity is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease. Health care experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise daily to decrease your chances of developing heart disease. People who exercise outdoors receive an additional bonus. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays provides your body with necessary doses of vitamin D. This vitamin allows your body to absorb calcium, which strengthens bones and tooth enamel. Running, jogging, or even walking outside not only slims your waistline, but promotes heart and dental health.
A balanced diet helps you lose weight, reduce blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. Try to avoid foods high in trans fats, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals. When you eat foods containing a high amount of sugars and other starches you endanger your teeth, as well as your heart. Bacteria can break down the sugar and food particles in your mouth, increasing the presence of oral acids. Over time, these acids weaken tooth enamel until enamel erosion begins. As the enamel is eroded, bacteria reach the inner layers of the teeth, resulting in tooth decay. With a heart healthy diet, you can maintain a bright, beautiful smile.
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In addition to diet and exercise, protect your smile with regular checkups and cleanings from your dentist by calling 847-234-0517. Our office offers the latest in cosmetic dentistry and welcomes patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago.