Visiting Crabtree Dental in Katy for semiannual dental checkups and cleanings can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times. But you may benefit in ways you never imagined.
A recent study showed that people who have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.
While this could simply indicate that people who schedule regular dental cleanings also practice healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is extra evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common oral conditions like inflammation from gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study cited previously) said, “Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.“1
While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly reap the most health benefits, we recommend coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months to catch potential issues early, saving patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.
The link between dental health and overall health is by now well-established, and at Crabtree Dental in Katy, we’re an important part of prevention. Our services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!
1 ‘Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart,’ WebMD Health News, November 16, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart, accessed on November 29, 2011
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