Clean Teeth Reduce Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Friday, April 12th, 2013, 6:29 pm

Is there a relationship between clean teeth and heart health? The answer is yes when talking about atrial fibrillation according to a new study in the International Journal of Cardiology.

The authors of the study went so far as to propose lowering the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a common cardiac condition, by simply having your teeth cleaned at least once a year. “Oral infections due to poor oral hygiene may also predispose patients to new-onset AF by adding to the inflammatory burden of the individuals” said the researchers.

Other studies have also linked inflammation and atrial fibrillation, including animal studies that showed an increase in susceptibility for the condition among subjects with gum disease. “Poor oral hygiene is the major cause of periodontal disease, which has been found to be a potential risk factor for coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and peripheral vascular disease,” the Taiwanese study authors wrote. “Systemic inflammation could represent the underlying mechanism that links oral health and cardiovascular disease.”

We are told to eat right, exercise and avoid smoking in order to preserve the health of our hearts. Let’s add regular dental visits to that list – probably the easiest one to achieve!

Please contact Toccoa, GA full service dental office Wilbanks Smile Center today at 800-884-9439 today to schedule your visit. Don’t worry if it has been a while since you’ve had a cleaning, we’ll be happy to get you back on schedule.

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