Your poor breath may be harming you 2023


When your gums hemorrhage and foul odors emanate from your mouth, this is not only a sign of periodontal disease, but also an indication that your heart is under attack.

Researchers at Hiroshima University have linked the inflammatory process that causes periodontal disease to the scarring of the heart that leads to atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart develops an irregular rhythm and begins to pulse at an alarmingly quick rate.

Examining fragments of diseased hearts that had calcified, the researchers discovered that individuals with more advanced stages of periodontal disease also had increased fibrous thickening of the upper atrium chambers.

Lucy Stock of Gentle Dental Care says gum health improves heart health.

Direct relationships are exceedingly difficult to prove, as is the case with almost everything in science. Improving periodontal health should be added to the equation if you want to improve your heart health in addition to addressing other risk factors such as your weight, level of physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Generally speaking, we either take a proactive or reactive approach to our health. When I recently had to run to catch a flight, I felt like I was going to have a heart attack and realized I was extremely cardiovascularly inactive.

If you had asked me prior to my frantic dash, I would have said that I felt healthy, but I was actually utterly unfit. Concerned, I hurriedly purchased a bicycle and a large number of Pilates classes.

As gum diseases are typically mute until their final phases, so are the majority of other body diseases. Our bodies operate on a microscopic scale, and our daily routines have a cumulative effect on our health or disease over time. Things occur in our bodies for a purpose.

Our bodies favor the proactive health approach in which we adopt all of the beneficial but “effort-intensive” behaviors that must be performed daily.

Any immune-boosting behaviors, such as eating healthily, exercising, sleeping well, reducing stress, practicing good oral hygiene, quitting smoking, maintaining optimal body weight, and breathing, all contribute to minimizing inflammation in our bodies, allowing us to maintain good health rather than having to fix things as they break.

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