Your Heart Health

February 22, 2011  |   Toothfully Speaking   |     |   Comments Off on Your Heart Health

Last year, a surprising link was discovered by researchers following patients with heart disease.  It was discovered that people with gum disease were more likely to develop heart disease than people who kept their gums healthy with regular cleanings and daily flossing.

It turns out that bacterial infections in the mouth, left untreated, can travel through the blood stream and set up inflammation in blood vessel walls.  These areas can develop plaques which restrict blood to flow and set the stage for heart disease or stroke.

Current research points to daily flossing and regular dental cleaning, when added to good habits (like exercises) and avoidance of bad habits (like smoking), is a formula for better heart health and a longer life.

Dr. Bruce Holes


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