Ladies, Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk by 33%. Just Visit the Dentist!
New research by University of California at Berkley tells us that women who regularly visit the dentist are one-third less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
When you think about your mouth as a portal to your body, and consider that 600 bacteria are in your mouth at any given time, it’s easy to see how oral health can influence overall health. We know that gum disease increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, Alzheimer’s disease, and other overall health problems in men and women. Some experts believe that bacteria from gum disease get into the bloodstream, attach to fatty plaques, and contribute to clot formation. Others think that inflammation caused by gum disease leads to coronary plaque buildup and, ultimately, swelling of arterial walls. We may not know exactly why oral health and cardiac health are linked, but we are certain that they are connected.
So you can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and other serious health problems by visiting your dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months. At Lynn Dental Care, in both our Dallas and Highland Park offices, our team of hygienists work closely with patients to deter and correct dental disease.
Eighty percent of Americans have some form of gum disease. I’m Dr. Brock Lynn, and I want to personally invite you to schedule a checkup and cleaning with my team. (See our new patient special.) At your visit, I’ll talk with you about your concerns, if you have any, then evaluate your gum health, as well as the health of your teeth, jaw joints, head, and neck – from a dental perspective.
If I find signs of gum disease, we can discuss treatment options, such as minimally invasive Periolase laser treatment. If you don’t have gum disease, my hygienist will answer all of your questions about daily oral homecare and recommend products to keep your mouth in tip-top shape.