Lake Forest Dentist: Love Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

 

We’re now in the middle of American Heart Month. In addition to wooing your sweetheart, why not take the time to care for your actual heart? Physicians, dentists, and healthcare professionals take advantage of American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how to protect your heart this Valentine’s Day.

An Epidemic

In the United States, one out of every three deaths is a direct result of heart disease or stroke. The CDC, in cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Services and other healthcare agencies, recently launched the One Million Hearts program. The goal is to prevent one million heart attacks or strokes over the next five years. Many people don’t realize they can reduce the risk of heart disease with simple diet and exercise.

Get Active!

You sit at the office. You sit in front of the TV or computer at home. In fact, for most of us, our days are pretty sedentary. Experts recommend people complete at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every day. Working out lowers blood pressure and decreases your cholesterol level. With regular exercise, patients can help avoid heart disease. Try running, jogging, or even taking a brisk walk through the park.

Eat Healthy

Be honest, how many times did you grab fast food this week? For most Americans, our meals are frequently high in fat, sugar, or sodium. Not only are these items bad for your heart, but foods and drinks high in sugars and other starches can stain your teeth and leave them vulnerable to tooth decay. For a healthy heart, add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet. Try to avoid foods high in trans fats, sodium, and cholesterol. With proper nutrition, you can prevent the onset of heart disease and protect your smile.

Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest General Dentist

In addition to diet and exercise, protect your smile with regular checkups and cleanings from Dr. Fondriest. Call us at 847-234-0517. Dr. Fondriest offers the latest in general restorative, and cosmetic dentistry and welcomes patients from the North Shore suburbs near Chicago.