There’s a strong link between gum health and heart health. Every year, the link is getting stronger. Here’s how to maintain both areas of your health:

Get your blood pressure checked.

Blood pressure plays a large part in heart health. But, according to a recent study in the medical journal Hypertension, your blood pressure is influenced by your oral health. Gum disease can make your blood pressure perennially high. Even worse, the researchers found, poor gum health can even reduce your responsiveness to blood pressure medications.

If you have high blood pressure, don’t just go to your doctor. Go to your dentist. And if you’ve recently become concerned about gum disease, check your blood pressure.

Build regular habits into your routine.

Good dental health is all about consistent maintenance. Dentists still recommend the basics, including brushing your teeth two times a day and flossing once a day. So make sure these tasks fit snugly into your morning and nighttime rituals. Preventative care goes a long way in making your mouth and your heart stay healthy.

These habits are even more important if you’re at risk of depression. Depression can have an eroding effect on your willpower. But through reflexive routines and habits you don’t have to think about, it can be easier to maintain good dental hygiene. 

Depression is independently linked to cardiovascular disease, too. So easy, well-formed habits help on two fronts.

Treat sleep apnea and snoring.

Snoring is usually treated like a joke or an irritation in the media. But it’s more than noise. Snoring is a sign that you’re not getting all of the oxygen you need at night. That means you’re waking up more regularly and not getting the deep sleep you need. This hurt your hurt on two fronts: continual exhaustion is hard on your heart, and the nightly difficulty puts stress on your heart, too.

Good dental care isn’t the only component of having a healthy heart. But it’s certainly a requirement. Go to Exquisite Smiles to find treatment for gum disease, sleep apnea, and more.