Attention dental patients: brushing your teeth twice daily may help lessen your risk of heart disease. Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems. A new study solidifies that finding. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.
To quote from the 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 validates the link between oral health and overall vitality. 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 dental caries, you are at risk for dangerous troubles in other areas of the body.
Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile makeover. Porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, and orthodontia are all available to solve any cosmetic issues you wish to have repaired. Winston-Salem Dental Group provides general and cosmetic dentistry.
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