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Healthy heart tip #4 – Brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent a heart attack

Good oral hygiene can help you keep your heart healthy.

Your oral health and hygiene can predict if you will have a heart attack in the future or not. There is a direct connection between your oral health and coronary heart disease, experts believe. The bacteria found in the mouth cavity can cause blood clotting in the arteries that could even lead to a heart attack or be a trigger for various cardiovascular diseases. Here are 10 ways to keep your heart healthy.

Why it happens:

According to a Harvard study, your oral health can influence the health of your heart and it s functioning in various ways, says Neeraj Mehta, Fitness Expert, Nutritionist and Director GFFI Fitness Academy. For people suffering from periodontal diseases or gum infections, even simple acts like chewing or brushing can release harmful bacteria from the oral cavity into the bloodstream that can reach the arteries and cause clots. In fact, bacteria that cause gum diseases are often found in atherosclerotic plaque in arteries of the heart and elsewhere. Here is how to prevent blockage in heart.

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This indicates that gum bacteria can cause plaque and clots elsewhere in the body and disrupt blood circulation. This could be dangerous leading to internal bleeding, rupture of arteries, heart attack or other cardiovascular problem.

What you should do:

To prevent a heart attack or cardiovascular disorder due to oral or gum bacteria, brush and floss regularly. Remember that flossing is more important than brushing as the tartar and plaque that remains clogged between the teeth is responsible for periodontal diseases or gum infection that can be detrimental to heart health.

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