Heart disease is consistently ranked as one of the leading causes of death for Americans. So, you would think that we would start working hard to protect our hearts at some point. However, that is not necessarily the case if one looks at the results of our efforts and sees that rates of heart disease remain high. Suppose you do not want to become a casualty of heart disease. In that case, you need to start thinking immediately about what you can do to protect your heart. That is, instead of believing that you can wait until you are retired and your life has slowed down and then start making heart-healthy choices. Protecting your heart has to be an intentional act that ultimately turns into a lifestyle.
You cannot guarantee that you will not fall prey to a heart attack, stroke, or another form of heart disease. However, you can dramatically decrease your risk by following some tips. You may have to change some of the habits you have been following for years. Nevertheless, the payoff will be worth the effort. Here are some eating habits that are hurting your heart, and tips to promote good health.
26. Take Care Of Your Teeth.
A significant breakthrough of modern medicine is the ongoing realization of how holistic health is. Mental health and social health both impact physical health and vice-versa. Positive self-esteem and body image lead to better, healthier choices, from getting more exercise to choosing more nutritious foods to avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking to excess. Every aspect of health has impacts that go far beyond what you may realize at the moment. And speaking of just how holistic and interconnected health is, according to Health.com, flossing can help prevent heart disease! Scientists are not entirely sure why, but there are some ideas.
One is that flossing, as part of daily dental hygiene, helps prevent bacterial build-up and inflammation in the gums. Inflammation in the gums seems to precede inflammation in just about every other aspect of your body. Inflammation, especially chronic inflammation, seems to go hand-in-hand with heart disease. Additionally, allowing bacteria to build up in your mouth can cause problems all over your body. Whatever the case may be, studies have shown that people who floss regularly actually have decreased risk of heart disease. Now that is a great reason to visit your dentist and ensure that your oral health is in peak condition!