This message from The Carrollton Dentist is a reminder that brushing your teeth twice a day may help decrease your risk of heart disease.
Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between gum disease and heart problems. However, a recent study studied oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.
Here is a pertinent quote from the Science Daily article:
“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”
“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”
The Scottish survey is one of many that substantiates the link between oral health and overall strength. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.
It doesn’t matter if you are a lean distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and decay, you are at risk for dangerous problems in other areas of the body.
At The Carrollton Dentist, we are committed to the dental health of all our patients. Services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today, and in the meantime, don’t forget to brush!