Oral Hygiene Links To Heart Health

Mouth Hygiene Connects to Heart Disease

Did you know that following the oral hygiene guidelines set by the American Dental Association may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? This result was presented as a new research by no less than the prestigious American Heart Association.

The basic guidelines are simple. Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

Studies on Oral and Health Health

In the particular study, after surveying 682 people about their brushing habits, researchers determined that not adhering to the oral hygiene guidelines incurs an increased three-fold risk of having a heart attack, heart failure or stroke, or dying from either one of these.

This study came from the Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences at Hiroshima University in Japan. It was a press release by the American Heart Association only in November 2018. It simply stated that based on daily behavior of tooth-brushing, if oral health is poor, it is associated with poorer heart health.

Gum Disease

In another study, published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, echos the highlights of the above study. This time researchers here found that having gum disease tends to increase blood pressure. Likewise, gum disease was found to impede the treatment of hypertension by negatively interfering with medications used to treat hypertension.

Involved experts here say that gum disease is one of those diseases that renders the body in a sort of continual state of inflammation. Gum disease seems also to be a very powerful predictor of cardiovascular disease. Meaning that there’s a high probability that persons with gum disease more or less are likely to develop cardiovascular conditions.

The American Heart Association has already announced the results of the latter study at its Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago only in November 2018.


Recognizing the Link in Downtown Seattle

We encourage our patients to pay mind to their oral health with our consistent and friendly reminders of the importance of proper oral hygiene practices. It’s not just good for the mouth, but the heart as well.