Attention dental patients: brushing twice daily may help decrease your risk of heart disease. At Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ, we think that may be one of the best reasons to really put your heart into maintaining your dental health.
Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between gum disease and heart problems, However, a recent study analyzed oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.
Quoting 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 fitness. 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 tooth decay, you are at risk for harmful issues in other areas of the body.
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