Visiting Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington for twice-yearly dental checkups and cleanings every six months can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but you may benefit in essential ways you never guessed.
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 indicate that people who dutifully schedule regular dental cleanings also be devoted to healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common oral conditions like inflammation resulting from 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, dentist Tornow of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics recommends coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months to catch potential troubles 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 high-tech dental hygienist at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, call 505-985-5626 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