You likely have heard a hundred times before how important it is to get into your dentist’s office twice a year. Getting your teeth cleaned regularly is one of the major keys in keeping your smile and healthy. But did you know that visiting your dentist may also keep you healthy in other ways? Two recent studied that were released by The American Heart Association showed that those who had their teeth cleaned at least once a year had fewer heart attacks or strokes. The patients who regularly visited the dentist saw a 24-percent decrease in cardiac arrest and a 13-percent decrease in stroke occurrences, reported Health Watch MD.
“While this study was just released, Dr. Sara Mobasseri says that the link between dental hygiene and heart health is not a new concept.”
“There has always been the observation that with poor dental hygiene, [people] are more at risk for heart disease,” she says. “It’s always been observational data, but we don’t have true, randomized research to tell us about the risk of poor hygiene and heart disease.”
If you have avoided visiting your dentist in the past out of dental anxiety would you have been more likely to schedule an appointment if you had known the statistics about the decrease in heart attack and stroke? While these observational studies are not completely concrete and they don’t offer all of the answers it is better to be safe than sorry and schedule a cleaning with your dentist today. You will definitely leave with a healthier smile and you may just leave with a healthier heart.
Dr. Mobasseri is a preventative cardiologist and when asked if she would be telling her patients to visit the dentist and brush and floss more often she wasn’t sure just yet.
“From a heart disease standpoint, I still think we need more data and research coming forward,” she says. “Right now it is very anecdotal and by experience that we are seeing these relationships.”
But brushing, flossing and visiting your CT dentist on a regular basis certainly isn’t going to hurt anything. You will have a healthier mouth that you will be proud to show off to those around you every time you smile. And perhaps you will have a healthier heart to show off next time you visit your cardiologist. So schedule an appointment with your dentist today and get on your way to a healthier you.