While eating low fat foods and maintaining a healthy weight with a fitness regimen are a few ways to ward off heart disease, experts say visiting the dentist regularly is another way to keep your health in good shape.
Scientists have found that people with heart disease tend to have a high level of a certain protein that causes inflammation; a recent study published in the FASEB Journal suggests that the inflammation may be a result of unhealthy teeth and gums. The FASEB Journal is published by the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) which promotes scientific progress and education in the field of human health. This study provides some insights on ways to reduce the risk of heart disease outside of conventional methods.
researchers involved in this study reached their conclusions by examining the arteries of 35 people with a median age of 46 who had mild to moderate periodontal disease (gum disease). After one year of dental treatments - regular brushing, cleaning, flossing and maintaining a healthy set of teeth - the amount of oral bacteria in the mouth decreased significantly and the blood vessels had become much thinner. (Source: Medical News Today)
Infected gums can be prevented with regular flossing, deep cleaning and frequent visits to the dentist. People who avoid going to the dentist, or those that do not floss and brush regularly may be at risk for developing unhealthy blood vessels and gum tissue that leads to the thickening of the blood vessels. Over time, these vessels become inflamed and increse the risk of heart disease.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that everyone should see their dentist one to two times per year to prevent gum disease and oral health problems, and to use the right techniques for brushing and flossing. Techniques include:
- Brushing at least twice per day, ideally after every meal
- Avoiding vigorous brushing that irritates the gums
- Using an electric toothbrush
- Using a mouth rinse to reduce plaque
- Using fresh floss throughout the mouth
- Using an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth