Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Visit Your Dentist: Reduce Your Chances Of A Heart Attack Or Stroke

A study put forward by Taiwanese researchers suggest that your annual trip to the dentist twice a year could actually save your life. There research indicated that by simply having regular teeth cleanings you could reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke by up to 24 percent.

According to the author of the study Zu - Yin Chen M.D., "regular cleanings help kill inflammation-causing bacteria that lead to plaque buildup in the the blood vessels 

Dr. Thomas Gerber an American Heart Association (AHA) spokesman and professor of medicine and radiology at the Mayo Clinic stated that "Periodontal or gum heath, as a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, has been looked at several times over the past 10 years. Some prior studies found a relationship between gum disease and heart or other disease, whereas, others didn't."

Research has yet to determine the exact mechanism of how gum disease may be linked to heart disease and stroke. However, one thought is that poor dental hygiene leads to an overgrowth of oral bacteria. These organisms, fairly benign in the mouth, can get into the bloodstream through the gum's and, once there, they can clump on blood vessel walls and grow into plaques that clog arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, because these bacteria are foreign to the body, once they infiltrate the bloodstream, blood vessels think they are being attacked and try to kill them, just as they would an infection. This results in inflammation and swelling that narrows blood vessels and prevents adequate blood flow to vital organs like the brain and heart.

In addition to regular dental checkups, Life Choice offers two natural products that can help you and your family with their oral hygiene: Colloidal Silver and Opti Cal/Mag. 

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First For Women Magazine, March 5, 2012, "Dentist Visits Ward Off Heart Attacks", p.40

ABC News, November 13, 2011,  "Dental Screening Linked To Lower Heart Attack And Stroke Risk "

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