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A Healthy Heart is Worth Smiling About


A patient is told that they have a serious plaque build-up. No, this is not a riddle for you to guess the outcome, rather a bit of information that could have you double checking whether or not you brushed your teeth before bed. Have you ever wondered if there was a correlation between dental plaque and plaque in the arteries? After all, “plaque,” is deemed as negative by the general consensus, so why would the two not be related?

Studies suggest that there is a link between oral health and heart health, so—smile! If you take care of your teeth and visit the dentist regularly, you are well on your way to maintaining a healthy heart. How’s that for a double-dose of great news? Unfortunately, if you happen to hate the dentist because time-and-time again you are getting bad feedback; you might want to start looking at the effects of poor dental hygiene.

Periodontal Disease is caused by an increased amount of bacteria in the mouth. If bacteria stay on the surface of your teeth, plaque forms causing dangers below the surface—not only in your mouth but in your heart, too.

In a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, epidemiologist Moise Desvarieux, MD, PhD and his co-authors came across an alarming discovery. The study conducted with 657 people demonstrated that people with higher blood levels of certain disease-causing bacteria in the mouth were more inclined to have a build-up of substances in the carotid artery.

Though studies suggest that oral hygiene and heart health are linked, it is too early to tell for sure if periodontal disease, gingivitis, and other dental disorders cause heart disease. To ensure good overall health, it is never a bad thing to stay ahead of the game. Floss your teeth and brush regularly. Spending a little extra time to maintain good oral hygiene is never a bad thing!

If you are concerned about you heart health and would like to speak to a cardiologist, the New York heart associates on Long-Island can provide you with the information that you need to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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