British Heart Foundation shares new video to teach people about the link between gum disease and heart disease
The British Heart Foundation has shared a new video to educate people about the link between gum disease and heart disease.
The animation, which appears on the charity’s website, is designed to show people how gum disease can impact heart health. Many people know about risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but awareness of the effect of gum disease on the heart is much lower. Experts believe that gum disease increases the risk of cardiovascular problems, as harmful bacteria that cause inflammation in the gums can travel to other parts of the body via the bloodstream, provoking an inflammatory response, which can elevate the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
In addition to the video clip, the BHF has also shared tips for keeping gum disease at bay. Experts recommend brushing twice a day, flossing daily and taking regular trips to the dentist. You can also reduce your risk of gum disease by giving up smoking and ensuring you see your dentist if you notice any potential early warning signs. Gum disease tends to get worse with time, and it can result in irreparable damage to the bone tissue that anchors the teeth. This is why early diagnosis and treatment are so crucial. Symptoms to look out for include swelling, redness, pain and bleeding when you brush.
Studies show that people who have gum disease have a higher risk of heart disease, one of the UK’s biggest killers.
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