Good Gum Health May Lead to Good Heart Health!

DNN’s Tasia Custode discusses the connection between good dental health and good heart health in this report.

There has long been a suggestion that there is a connection between overall mouth health and the health of the heart. And there are studies showing that those who have moderate or advanced gum disease are more likely to have cardiac problems than people with healthy gums. For example, a Mayo Clinic report suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infection that oral bacteria can cause.

A recent study from the Forsyth Institute for Clinical and Translational Research details how gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease. Researchers want to educate the public about the connection between the mouth and the heart.

A study of heart disease patients conducted in 2013 showed that treating these patients with drugs to lower cholesterol also reduced gum inflammation in these patients.

So what is the takeaway from this research? Custode suggests three things:

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day;
  • Replace your toothbrush every few months; and
  • See your dentist regularly.

Getting your teeth cleaned and checked on a regular basis—probably every six months—is just a smart way to keep your teeth and your heart healthy.

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Posted on December 1, 2015 .