How Proper Brushing and Gum Health Can Shape Heart Health
Recently published research suggests that the health of your heart can be significantly impacted by the health of your gums, which is helped by thorough brushing. Gradual improvements in the gum health of the subjects of the study were reported to be linked to reductions in arterial plaque buildup, known to be a major cause of stroke and heart attack. While further research needs to be done to strengthen the suspected links, the study underscores the importance of maintaining proper brushing habits and scheduling regular dental visits.
The research at issue followed 420 individuals who were subjected to testing meant to evaluate the health of their gums and the amount of plaque buildup in their carotid arteries. Over the course of the following three years, results indicated that improvements in brushing and dental care and the condition of the gums were linked to a slowing of the type of bacterial growth known for causing gum disease. This, in turn, was found to be linked to a reduction in the rate of plaque buildup in these vital arteries.
The lead author of the study stated that these results are the most specific evidence to date demonstrating the connection between reducing bacterial colonization in the mouth and lowering the risk of these serious diseases. It is thought that the bacteria known for causing gum disease can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis by causing a type of inflammation linked to the process of plaque buildup.
According to the epidemiologist behind the study, the key now is to continue following the research subjects to determine whether this link between gum infection and arterial plaque buildup has an impact on the frequency with which strokes, heart attacks, and similar events occur. Research to assess whether reductions of periodontal bacteria will keep atherosclerosis from developing at a rapid pace will also need to be conducted.
The bottom line is that given the apparent connection between periodontal bacteria and harmful plaque buildup in the arteries, it pays to follow a rigorous dental care regimen of thorough brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular visits at a family dentistry office for a thorough cleaning and examination by an affordable dentist.
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