February is American Heart Month. Across the country, medical professionals are trying to raise awareness of our nation’s heart disease epidemic. With the Million Hearts program, the CDC and healthcare agencies are trying to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years by educating people on ways to improve their heart health. In today’s blog, West Des Moines family dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, explains how the methods of preventing heart disease can also improve your dental health.
Cardiovascular disease and stroke affect the lives of millions of Americans. In fact, one out of every three deaths in the United States is a result of heart disease. While the numbers may be scary, heart disease can be prevented with regular exercise and proper nutrition.
Obesity increases the risk of patients developing heart disease and stroke. Try to complete at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity workouts each day. Jogging, running, or even walking, can help avoid high blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. Exercising outdoors not only aids your heart health, but also protects your smile. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays allows your body to receive recommended doses of vitamin D. This vitamin helps your body absorb calcium, which strengthens bones and tooth enamel. Strong tooth enamel decreases the risk of tooth decay.
Many of the same foods and drinks that are bad for your heart also endanger your smile. Avoid foods and drinks containing high levels of sugars and other starches. Not only do these foods pack on the pounds, but they are broken down by bacteria, which increases the presence of oral acids. Over time, oral acids weaken tooth enamel and leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. Patients who smoke should quit right away. Smoking is major cause of heart disease. Tobacco products also leave permanent stains on your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment with Your West Des Moines Dentist
Don’t forget to attend your regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Johnson. If you suffer from heart disease, alert Dr. Johnson of any medications you may be talking before undergoing dental procedures. Come visit our 50266 dental office for a checkup or cleaning. To make an appointment, call (515) 223-9764. We serve patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.