Staying healthy should be a priority in your life. One of the most important of all is heart health.

There are many simple things that you can do to prevent heart disease. One of them has to do with your teeth.

A healthy heart could start with your dentist. In a report presented to the American Heart Association, researchers determined that people who have their teeth professionally cleaned and polished once a year slash their chances of a heart attack by nearly 25 percent, and by 13 percent for strokes.

Scientists say the bacteria that causes gum disease can enter the bloodstream and cause artery walls to become inflamed, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. So regular dental care is a must for your health.

There are many great programs right here in Sioux Falls focusing on heart health. Check out details.