Brushing is a Key Link to Gum and Heart Health
A recent study has started to shed light on the connections between the health of your gums and the overall health of your heart. Researchers are now suggesting that as your gum health improves, a reduction in plaque buildup in critical arteries also occurs. The overall result may be a lessening of the risk of heart disease, stroke, and sudden cardiac arrest. The results of this research lend additional support for the often-repeated advice to brush twice daily, floss often, and make frequent visits to the dentist.
The research at issue followed 420 individuals who were subjected to testing meant to evaluate the health of their gums and the amount of plaque buildup in their carotid arteries. Over the course of the following three years, results indicated that improvements in brushing and the condition of the gums were linked to a slowing of the type of bacterial growth known for causing gum disease. This, in turn, was found to be linked to a reduction in the rate of plaque buildup in these vital arteries.
The study’s lead author stated that these results are the most specific evidence to date demonstrating the connection between reducing bacterial colonization in the mouth and lowering the risk of these serious diseases. It is thought that the bacteria known for causing gum disease can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis by causing a type of inflammation linked to the process of plaque buildup—which can be reduced by thorough, routine brushing.
The epidemiologist behind the study believes the key now is to continue following the research subjects to determine whether this link between gum infection and arterial plaque buildup has an impact on the frequency with which strokes, heart attacks, and similar events occur. Research to assess whether reductions of periodontal bacteria will keep atherosclerosis from developing at a rapid pace will also need to be conducted.
Given that the apparent connection between periodontal bacteria and harmful plaque buildup in the arteries, the bottom line is that it pays to follow a rigorous dental care regimen of thorough brushing, flossing, and regular visits to a family dentistry office for a cleaning and examination by an affordable dentist in Ocala.
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