Clean your teeth to avoid a stroke

4 ways to maintain perfect oral hygiene

Look after that smile

New research suggests that gum disease carries a higher risk of causing a stroke than diabetes, and its impact is nearly the equivalent of high blood pressure as a major cause of strokes.

The research was presented last month at the 89th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session and Exhibition in San Diego, in the US.

Whether you’re worried about strokes or not, we’d all like to maintain our teeth in the best condition possible. These four steps will keep your mouth, teeth and gums in good shape.

  1. Regular trips to the dentist. Dentists and hygienists are trained to look out for signs of abnormalities, including oral cancer, when they carry out routine checks. Early detection can improve the long-term prognosis and survival rate of the condition.
  2. Plaque control. Plaque bacteria are the major cause of gum disease, dental decay and bad breath. Aim for a balanced diet, regular cleaning and dental checkups, plus you could also try taking ProDen PlaqueOff, a dental hygiene food supplement derived from seaweed that can combat tartar and plaque build-up.
  3. Remove plaque. If not removed effectively on a daily basis, plaque can lead to gum disease, dental decay and bad breath. Keep a check on how clean your teeth are with disclosing solution, which highlights problem spots, making it easier to spot and remove plaque.
  4. Clean your tongue. Doesn’t sound sexy, but using a tongue scraper helps keep down bacteria, prevent plaque formation, head off stale breath and revive taste buds.

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