Can Professional Teeth Cleaning Protect Your Heart?
Seeing your dental hygienist for teeth cleaning may result in more than a whiter smile. It could save your life. A large study conducted in Taiwan revealed that people who had their teeth scaled professionally at least once every two years by a dental hygienist lowered their heart attack risk by 24 percent and their stroke risk by 13 percent. According to Ralph Sacco, MD, head of neurology at the University of Miami, something as simple as having regular teeth cleaning may be good for your cardiovascular health.
Looking at the Evidence
In the seven-year study, Taiwan researcher, Zu-Yin Chen, M.D., reviewed medical records of more than 100,000 patients in the country’s insurance database. Approximately half of those studied had received at least one teeth cleaning. The other half had never received one. At the beginning of the study, none of the patients had suffered a stroke or heart attack. After following them for an average of seven years, it was evident that those who had more than one professional teeth cleaning each year had the lowest risk of cardiovascular events.
How Does a Teeth Cleaning Help Your Heart?
The link between professional teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist and reduced cardiovascular risk is not completely understood, but inflammation is a common culprit in both heart and gum disease. Chronic gum infection and inflammation causes periodontitis and tooth loss. Chronic inflammation in arteries narrows and hardens them; this results in strokes and heart attacks. In gum disease, chronic bacterial infection may spread to other parts of the body. A professional teeth cleaning removes bacteria-laden plaque and tartar from between the teeth and beneath the gum line. Removal of oral bacteria and the resulting reduction of inflammation may explain the improved cardiovascular state. To keep your heart and your teeth healthier, brush twice a day, floss daily, and obtain a teeth cleaning twice a year.
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