Recently, a study conducted by the Forsyth Institute found that using an oral topical remedy to reduce inflammation associated with gum disease also results in the prevention of vascular inflammation and can lower the risk of heart attack.
Other links to improper dental care are, potentially, diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease and even premature birth. Why? Scientists haven’t yet come to a consensus, but what is clear is that our mouths are a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. New bacteria are introduced throughout the day by eating, drinking or just breathing in the air. Our mouths do a pretty good job of staying clean themselves, but proper dental habits are necessary to make sure plaque doesn’t spread to the heart or other vital organs. Brushing, flossing, utilizing a water pic and chewing gum with xylitol all offer defense against this bacteria. Seeing a dentist twice a year is especially important when it comes to overall health and reducing gum disease.
Cardiodontal is located at 310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck. To make an appointment with Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, call 516-282-0310.