Researchers at Columbia University in New York suggest that if you look after your gums, you could also be reducing your risk of heart disease. They claim that improving dental care slows the speed with which plaque builds up in the arteries.
Writing in a recent online issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, they report a prospective study that shows how improving gum health is linked to a clinically significant slower progression of atherosclerosis, the process where plaque builds up in arteries and increases a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and death.
The long and the short is this suggests that periodontal disease should not be ignored because it most likely will lead to other global health issues. We recommend seeing your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and oral exams. If we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to give us a call.
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 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health news release 1 November 2013.
 Changes in Clinical and Microbiological Periodontal Profiles Relate to Progression of Carotid Intima‐Media Thickness: The Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study; Moïse Desvarieux, Ryan T. Demmer, David R. Jacobs, Panos N. Papapanou, Ralph L. Sacco, and Tatjana Rundek; J Am Heart Assoc. Published online 28 October 2013; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.113.000254