A healthy mouth begins at home, but it doesn’t just end with a healthy smile. Your oral health impacts your body, and especially your heart. Dental cleanings have specifically been linked to healthier heart health.
- Studies show that people who had professional dental cleanings at least once every two years for dental scaling were 24% less likely to have a heart attack.
- These people also had their risk of stroke dropped by 13%.
- Gum disease and heart disease both involve inflammation, which can start in the mouth and travel through the bloodstream affecting other parts of the body, especially the heart.
- Chronic inflammation has been found to be linked to a hardening of the arteries.
For a healthy mouth, you want to discourage oral bacteria development every day by brushing and flossing meticulously. If oral bacterial is allowed to build up, it quickly turns to plaque—that sticky film coating the teeth and gums–which can cause gum disease over time. Removing this buildup daily will help prevent cardiovascular disease.
Plaque that hardens into tartar requires special scaling tools to remove. At your next dental cleaning, we will remove, or scale, tartar off of your pearly whites and along the gum line. Tartar removal is essential in your fight to stave off periodontal disease.
Working together, we can help you build a solid foundation for good oral health. Maintain your healthy smile and keep your heart healthy by scheduling your next dental cleaning. You can reach the dental team of Dr. Rebecca Barfield by calling our practice in Little Rock, Arkansas at 501.228.6360 today!