British Heart Foundation publishes new animation to raise awareness of the link between oral and heart health

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The British Heart Foundation has published a new animation to raise awareness of the link between oral health and heart health.

The clip, which can be found on the charity’s website, is designed to educate people about the relationship between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease is a very common oral health issue, which contributes to premature tooth loss. Many people are aware of the dental dangers of swollen and bleeding gums, but the connection to heart disease is less well-known. Studies show that people who have advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, are more likely to experience cardiac complications. It is thought that harmful bacteria that cause severe gum disease can travel to other parts of the body via the bloodstream, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The animation is accompanied by an article providing information about gum disease, prevention tips and symptoms. Gum disease can be managed fairly easily in the early stages (gingivitis), but it can progress quickly without treatment. Periodontitis causes irreversible damage to the bone tissue which supports your teeth and gums, and eventually, the teeth will come loose and fall out. It is now known that severe gum disease can also elevate the risk of other health issues, including heart disease.

The best ways to prevent gum disease are to adopt a good daily oral hygiene routine, visit your dentist every 6-9 months, avoid smoking and enjoy a healthy, balanced diet.

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