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How to Decrease Your Chance for Heart Disease

heart diseaseWant a simple, easy way to lower your risk for heart disease?

Brush and floss your teeth. It’s as simple as that.

Neglecting your oral hygiene not only has a detrimental impact on your smile, but also your heart.

The Importance of Brushing AND Flossing

While brushing is important, it doesn’t remove all of the food particles in your mouth. In fact, it leaves about 50% of bacteria behind, especially in between teeth and near the gum line. If too much of this bacteria builds up, gum disease can develop and may eventually move into the blood stream. An inflammatory condition may occur in the blood vessels, making a person more susceptible for plaque buildup around the arteries, and heart disease.

Diabetics at Higher Risk

Diabetics, in particular, need to pay special attention to their oral health. Diabetes sometimes impairs a person’s ability to fight bacteria in the mouth. Additionally, having high blood sugar encourages bacteria to grow and contributes to gum disease.

What You Can Do

Brushing and flossing your teeth are certainly the first line of defense in protecting your mouth and body from disease and infection. But, routine dental cleanings and exams are just as important.


THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® offers affordable cosmetic and laser dentistry and gentle, compassionate general dental care in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures, complete dental reconstruction and TMJ/Headache management. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable up-to-date dentistry and a team who truly cares at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®.