Attention patients of the Mt. Vernon Centr for Dentistry in Alexandria VA: brushing twice a day may help decrease your risk of heart disease. Dentists have long known of the link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems. But a recent study analyzed oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.
To quote from the Science Daily article:
“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”
“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”
The Scottish survey is one of many that verifies the link between oral health and overall fitness. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.
It doesn’t matter if you are a lean distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan who has eaten nutritionally balanced meals for years. If you have inflamed gums and cavities, you are at risk for dangerous problems in other areas of the body.
Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help with a smile transformation. Cosmetic dentistry can solve just about any smile issues you have.
At the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria VA, we want the best possible dental and physical health for all our patients. We offer a wide range of family dentistry procedures, as well as specialties like Invisalign clear braces. Schedule an appointment with us today.