The Tennesseean published an article on 12 simple ways to live a healthier life. The tips are broken down into daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. In the monthly/ twice yearly goals:
"Go to the dentist
Poor oral health is a major risk factor for endocarditis, or inflammation of the inner layer of the heart. Bacteria in the mouth can move into the bloodstream and can also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Avoid these health problems by brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist every six months."