Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores
26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

Can Professional Teeth Cleaning Protect Your Heart?

Dental Hygiene

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.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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  • Phone: (248) 850-1809
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