Visiting David A. Rice, DDS in Elgin for biannual dental checkups and cleanings can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times. But you may benefit in ways you never figured out.
A recent study showed that individuals 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 people who dutifully schedule regular dental cleanings also practice healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is extra evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common oral conditions like inflammation resulting from gum disease are associated with 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 described 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, Dr. Rice of David A. Rice, DDS recommends coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months to catch potential issues 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 comfortable dental hygienist at David A. Rice, DDS, call 847-741-2353 today