Preventative care goes a long way towards a healthy heart. Monitor your health with regular visits to your primary care provider , who can help you proactively manage your blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease. If you are diabetic, or if you’re a smoker, have a family history of heart disease, or have heart pain, you might want to visit a cardiologist.
Many people believe there’s a correlation between gum disease and poor heart health. Scientists say there’s no direct link between the two conditions. But heart and gum diseases often occur in conjunction, especially if patients have diabetes, which can cause dry mouth and unhealthy gums, or if they smoke, which erodes oral health. The moral of the story? Brush your teeth, floss, and visit the dentist regularly—it’s good for your overall health.