There has long been a debate about the connection between heart health and oral health, but new research has established that a person’s brushing and flossing habits significantly impact their cardiac health.
Nearly half of all heart attacks are triggered by oral infections – periodontal disease in particular but also decayed teeth. A 2012 study focusing on heart health and oral health found the following startling statistics:
- Daily flossing is a must. Never flossing saw a spike in mortality risk by 30 percent.
- Falling asleep without bothering to brush your teeth upped the risk for death by 20 to 25 percent.
- Skipping out on bi-annual visits to the dentist raised the risk of death by almost half, compared to individuals who see their dentist two or more times a year.
- Missing teeth are one major predictor of early death, even after taking other risk factors into account.
Not only does oral health impact your heart attack risk, it can also have an effect on whether you are more likely to develop diabetes or have a stroke.
How to Get Healthier Teeth
During preventive visits to the dentist you will receive an exam which looks at the health of your teeth and gums and includes an evaluation for periodontal disease and an oral cancer screening. X-rays will be taken along with the typical plaque removal and teeth cleaning.
If you are dealing with missing teeth, the most popular solution for this health risk is dental implants. These tooth replacements are natural-looking and strong, which means you will not only improve the appearance of your smile but make it easier for you to eat and fortify the foundation of your teeth.
Other restorative dentistry techniques, such as dentures, tooth crowns, and dental bridges, may also be the right option for repairing your smile and improving your overall health and well-being.
Contact Red Bank Dentistry to schedule your free initial consultation and get on the right track to good oral health.