Healthy mouth, healthy heart

February is all about looking after your heart and keeping your mouth healthy.

February is all about looking after your heart – whether this involves treating your loved one to a romantic dinner for two, or starting a new exercise regime in the gym, taking good care of your heart is very important. 

This month we’ve found some easy ways for you to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, while helping to keep your teeth and gums in tip top condition… 

Eat healthily 

A healthy diet reduces your risk of developing heart disease, as well as making sure your teeth and gums get the nutrients they need. 

Give up smoking 

Smoking is a leading cause of heart disease, and also increases your chances of developing mouth cancer and losing teeth through gum disease. What better reason to give up? 

Monitor the alcohol you drink 

Drinking too much alcohol can have a harmful effect on your heart. Make sure you don’t exceed the recommended daily guidelines. 

Stay active 

If you’re physically active, no matter how old you are, you’re less likely to suffer from heart disease than those who aren’t. Exercise also encourages the release of endorphins, feel-good chemicals that help to make us happy, giving you even more reason to take good care of your smile! 

Visit your dental team regularly Your dentist and their practice team are best placed to spot any potential problems with your teeth and gums before they start to cause major problems. Keeping your mouth healthy may well help to keep your heart healthy too! To find out more about looking after your heart, visit British Heart Foundation’s official website, or to find your nearest member dentist, visit our Find a Dentist.

Published: February 18th, 2014

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