Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch
8640 E State Road 70, Suite D, Bradenton, FL 34202

Could Professional Teeth Cleaning Prevent a Heart Attack?

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A Taiwan medical study has found that you can lower your risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke significantly by simply seeing your dental hygienist for a professional teeth cleaning at least once every two years. Researcher Zu-Yin Chen, M.D. studied the medical records of more than 100,000 patients in Taiwan’s insurance database. About half of those studied had received at least one teeth cleaning, while the other half had never received one.

At the start of the study, none of the patients had suffered a major cardiovascular event. However, after the seven-year follow-up study was complete, researchers concluded that people who had more than one teeth cleaning every year also had the lowest risk of heart attack and stroke. With regular dental scaling done by a dental hygienist, heart attack risk drops 24 percent, and stroke risk is lowered by 13 percent. Along with healthy eating habits and exercise, something as simple as keeping up with your professional dental care could save your life.

How Teeth Cleaning Helps Your Heart

Although the link between teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist and heart attack risk is not clear, many researchers believe that chronic inflammation is the common denominator in cardiovascular disease and gum disease. Chronic gum infection and inflammation causes periodontitis and tooth loss, and chronic inflammation in arteries narrows and hardens them, which results in strokes and heart attacks. In gum disease, chronic bacterial infection may spread to other parts of the body. A professional teeth cleaning removes bacteria-filled plaque and tartar from the teeth and beneath the gum line. The removal of oral bacteria and the resulting reduction of inflammation may explain the improved cardiovascular condition.

To keep your teeth and your heart healthier, brush twice a day, floss daily, and have a teeth cleaning performed by a skilled dental hygienist every six months.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Lakewood Ranch, call Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch today at (941) 462-3706 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Lakewood Ranch. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch.

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