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It’s been long believed that there is a corresponding concern that tooth and gum health is indicative of heart health. This is due to the fact that inflammation is a significant problem of each disease. Plaque, whether on teeth or in arteries, is an advancement of inflammation itself. Also a common denominator for both diseases is bacteria. The most regularly found bacteria in dental plaque can, technically, make its way into the blood stream and travel through the arteries. This is especially dangerous if the plaque results in blood clots, which can cause a heart attack or even a stroke.

There are some basic courses of action you can take to maintain health in each of these areas. Gently brushing after meals, at least twice a day and flossing before bed is, of course, the first step. Eating a variety of healthy foods including plenty of raw fruits and vegetables with skins while eliminating processed foods and sugary drinks of all kinds is another great line of defense. Keeping healthy by not smoking and exercising regularly are also extremely important. Any sort of cigarette or marijuana smoke generates a huge amount of free radicals and carbon into the mouth. Chemical reactions from these toxic substances damage cells and diminish vitamins and minerals in the mouth. Also, keeping in mind that our gut system is considered our second brain, repairing the intestines can allow for repair of the mouth as well. Tongue scraping is another useful tool which removes bacteria, food debris, fungi, and dead cells. Oil pulling, which literally pulls toxins from the mouth, is touted as a very influential protocol for gum health.

Whether you have a mouthful of healthy “pearly whites” or the concern of gum disease, beginning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will affect your entire body. And these strategies will certainly allow you to put your money where your mouth is.