Dr. Stanley Wang, a cardiologist from Austin, has recently been discussing his idea that good oral hygiene could decrease a person’s risk of heart attack.
Dr. Wang has stated that inflammation can be caused by bad dental health, and can, in turn, cause the risk of heart attacks. The idea is that cavities and gum disease in the mouth can activate the body’s immune system, which could cause harmful chemicals to be released into the body and damage blood vessels. Those blood vessels may then cause blockage, which could lead to a heart attack.
Dr. Wang has been encouraging dentists to educate their patients on the effect that good oral hygiene can have on the rest of the body. He will be giving a lecture to the Capital Area Dental Society tonight to discuss his research.