Healthy Teeth Helps a Healthy Heart

Friday, May 13th, 2011, 3:25 pm

A study published in England showed that people who did not brush their teeth at least twice each day had an increased risk for heart disease. The link between a clean mouth and a healthy heart comes down to inflammation. It has been shown in study after study that inflammation anywhere in the body, including in the mouth and gums, plays a large role in the buildup of atherosclerosis.

The study also showed that those with good oral hygiene practices had average rates of heart disease but that with fewer bouts of brushing each day, the risk factors increased. The good news was that over half of the participants said they visited the dentist at least every six months and about 3/4 of participants brushed at least twice each day.

Keep your heart and gums healthy by brushing and flossing every day. Brush at least twice, for two minutes each time. No matter how good your home hygiene you will need to schedule regular dental visits for professional cleanings. This is one more thing we can do to help keep our hearts healthy. While consistently eating a healthy diet and daily exercise might be difficult habits to stick to – visiting our office every few months is pretty easy!

Please contact us today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your dental hygiene appointment. If it has been a while since your last appointment don’t worry – we can get your smile healthy and bright in no time! Please call today.

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