Cleaning your teeth can protect your heart, lungs, and unborn child
Bacteria-rich plaque can inflame more than your gums. The germs can migrate, triggering clots in the arteries, chest infections, and even premature birth, says the British Dental Health Foundation.
If your jaw aches, get your heart checked
Women are more likely than men to have ‘silent’ heart attacks. Signs range from toothache and pain in the jaw, neck or shoulder, to exhaustion, indigestion and breathlessness. Get them checked out – especially if you have high blood pressure, cholesterol or a family history of heart trouble.
Flora is collecting heartbeats from South Africans who want to join the fight against heart disease. In exchange for heartbeats, Flora will help upgrade cardiac facilities in South Africa. Click on the beating heart to donate heartbeats today!