Visiting Mark A. Miely DDS in Upper Arlington for semiannual dental checkups and cleanings can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times. But you may benefit in ways you never anticipated.
A recent study showed that people who had 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 confirm that people who dutifully schedule regular dental cleanings also observe healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is extra evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common oral problems like inflammation caused by 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 cited 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, Doctor Miely of Mark A. Miely DDS recommends coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months to catch potential problems early, saving patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.
To schedule a deep cleaning with our caring dental hygienist at Mark A. Miely DDS, call 614-451-2100 today!
1 ‘Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart,’ WebMD Health News, November 16, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart, accessed on November 29, 2011
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