Many women have a friend who constantly checks their teeth in the mirror or runs off to the bathroom after each meal for a cleaning session with her travel-size dental care supplies. While this may seem tedious, the quest for a gleaming white smile may not only improve a person's appearance, but it may also help them achieve good overall health.
A recent article published by Extra TV explains that poor oral hygiene has been associated with the increased risk of several women's health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions and pregnancy complications. Since the bacteria that cause gum disease may easily access the bloodstream from the mouth, they may quickly travel through the rest of the body possibly resulting in inflammation or infection.
According to the news provider, people who have gum disease have a doubled risk of experiencing a heart attack, compared to those with healthy mouths. This is especially important for women, since cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among American females.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 600,000 people die from a heart attack annually in the U.S.
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