A new study presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting reveals that those who visit the dentist at least twice a year had a 24% lower risk of heart attack and a 13% lower risk of heart disease compared to people who never went or went less than once every two years.
For seven years, researchers looked at 100,000 people who had no history of heart problems or stroke. The lead researcher claims that dental cleanings slow bacteria growth that can cause inflammation.
Another study from Sweden revealed that people who have fewer teeth or have common gum bleeding also may be at higher risk for congestive heart failure and other heart problems.
If you have not visited a dentist in the past six months, you could be putting your health at risk. To learn more about your health options, contact the Austin dental experts at Bridgeview Dental by calling 512-347-8299 for more information.