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Did you know?

The following health conditions can be related to your oral health and vice-versa.

Stroke

An ischemic stroke (the most common type) happens when a blood vessel that feeds the brain gets blocked, usually from a blood clot. When the blood supply to a part of the brain is shut off, brain cells will die. The result is the inability to carry out normal brain functions such as walking or talking. 

About 85% of strokes are ischemic strokes. 

How is a stroke related to your mouth? 

Studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the  causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group. 

How can you minimize your risk of having a stroke? 

  • Control high blood pressure (hypertension) 
  • Lower the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat in your diet. 
  • Quit tobacco use. 
  • Control diabetes.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. 
  • Treat obstructive sleep apnea, if present. 
  • Avoid illicit drugs. 

Resources 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver 
http://www.news-medical.net 
http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.heart
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stroke