Taking good care of your teeth and gums lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Brushing five minutes a day can add years to your life, not to mention improving your looks and your breath. In fact, neglecting to brush, floss and skipping dental visits can actually be fatal.
That’s not all. Those who wear dentures have a 30 percent higher mortality risk than those with 20 or more of their natural teeth.
What’s the connection between oral health and long life? Gum disease is a threat for heart attacks and strokes. If you have inflammation of the gums, connective tissue, and bone supporting your teeth, your risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke doubles.
What are the warning signs of gum disease?
The solution is easy: brush your teeth twice a day, and before you go to bed.
A trained, professional Home Care Nurse can assist you with bathing, dressing and the oral hygiene needed to ensure that your teeth along with the rest of your body remains healthy.