Your pearly whites are not the only parts of your body that benefit from a healthy mouth. A healthy smile also benefits your body, and especially your heart. A healthy mouth means removing oral bacteria which can cause problems such as gum disease, which can also affect the body–including cardiovascular disease–and not just the mouth. Your daily brushing and flossing efforts remove this bacterial plaque that builds up every time you eat or drink.
Research findings show a link between professional dental cleanings and a healthier heart, in fact people who saw their dentist at least once every two years for professional scaling were 24% less likely to have a heart attack. In addition, their risk of stroke also dropped by 13%. The link seems to be inflammation, as both gum disease and heart disease involve inflammation. Inflammation is caused by bacterial exposure in the mouth that is allowed to build, and chronic inflammation is linked to a hardening of the arteries as well.
Professional dental cleanings where we scrape–or scale–hardened plaque off of the teeth and along the gum line combined with a consistent brushing and flossing routine, serves to round out your at-home care effectively. So be sure to maintain your healthy smile and keep your heart healthy along the way.
To schedule a visit with Dr. Dennis Coyle or Dr. Stacey Traina, please call our Coyle Dentistry team in Madison, New Jersey at 973-966-6555 today!