Visiting The Sugar House Dentist in Salt Lake City for regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but you may benefit in vital ways you never imagined.
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 those Salt Lake City people who dutifully schedule regular dental cleanings also practice healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common problems like inflammation with gum disease are linked to 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 mentioned 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, Jared Theuer of The Sugar House Dentist recommends coming in for check-ups and cleanings every six months to catch potential problems early, saving Salt Lake City 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 friendly dental hygienist at The Sugar House Dentist, call 385-299-7840 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