Visiting Summer Dental in Las Vegas for twice-yearly checkups and teeth cleaning can seem like a chore at times. But you may benefit in ways you never anticipated.
A recent study shows that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack than those who skipped appointments.
The study could simply indicate that the same people who schedule regular teeth cleanings are also more likely to practice healthy habits, like exercising and eating right. But there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common oral problems like inflammation from gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
“Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health,” said former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD. Dr. Sacco did not participate in the study.
The study found that patients reap the most benefits by scheduling cleanings at least once per year. Summer Dental recommends coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months. We’ll catch potential problems early, saving patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.
1 ‘Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart,’ WebMD Health News, November 16, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart, accessed on November 29, 2011
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