In the past couple of weeks, we have covered subjects pertaining to children's dental health because February is "National Children's Dental Health Month." It is also American Heart Month, which is a great time to take note of the health of your heart, as cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the world, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, so please be careful not to under estimate the importance of good oral health care, especially while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Visiting your dentist on a regular basis during your orthodontic treatment not only ensures a successful outcome, but can also help prevent gum disease, or at the very least, catch it in early stages. In observation of American Hearth Month, it's also important to keep track of numbers such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI, and seek appropriate treatment if necessary.
If you have any questions about heart health, the importance of visiting your dentist, or your orthodontic treatment, please don't hesitate to contact any of our Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics team members.