Sunday, February 10, 2013

Your Heart LOVES A Dental Cleaning

If you think it’s okay to skip your regular dental cleaning and exam, think again -- especially when it comes to heart health.  Professional hygiene cleanings may actually lower your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke, according to a Taiwanese study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Session 2011.  

The study followed more than 100,000 individuals for a period of seven years, including 51,000 adults who had regular cleanings, plus a similar number of people matched by gender and health conditions who had never received a hygiene prophy.  None of the participants had a history of heart attack or stroke at the start of the study.

Those in the group who had plaque and tartar buildup removed by a dental professional on a regular basis (more than twice in two years) had a 24% lower risk of heart attack and a 13% lower risk of stroke compared to those who hadn’t ever had a dental cleaning.

Why would dental visits affect heart attack and stroke risks?  Scientists believe that regular professional tooth scaling reduces the inflammation-causing bacterial growth that can lead to heart disease and stroke.  

So, while it might be tough to fit a dental cleaning into a busy schedule, it could be extremely important to maintaining good health.  Your heart will thank you.

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