Visiting The Plano Dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months can seem inconvenient at times, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your dental health.
A recent study showed that people who have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.
While the study could simply reflect that people who religiously schedule regular dental cleanings also observe healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common oral problems like inflammation resulting from gum disease are associated with hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study described previously) said:
“Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.“1
While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly reap the most health benefits, we recommend checkups and cleanings every six months. That way we’ll catch potential issues early, saving you time and money (and quite possibly, your teeth).
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