Study: Clean Teeth And Gums Protect Against Heart Disease

Study: Clean Teeth And Gums Protect Against Heart DiseaseHere’s some good news for people who want to avoid heart attacks or stroke.  A recent medical study has shown that those people who regularly clean their teeth or visit the dentist often are at lower risk of heart attack or stroke. The study was conducted by the Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan.

The researchers said  those who had their teeth scraped and cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist had a 24 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who had never had a dental cleaning. The study reviews 100,000 people over an average of seven years. Emily (Zu-Yin) Chen, cardiology fellow at the Veterans General Hospital explained professional tooth scaling appears to reduce inflammation-causing bacterial growth that can lead to heart disease or stroke.

Heart disease is an umbrella term for a variety of diseases affecting the heart. As of 2007, it is the leading cause of death in the United States, England, Canada and Wales, accounting for 25.4% of the total deaths in the United States.