Attention Missoula dental patients: brushing twice daily may help lower your risk of heart disease. Montana scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems. However, a recent study analyzed oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.
I quote from the Science Daily article:
“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”
“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”
I am Dr. Brett Felton DMD of Felton Dental Care. The Scottish survey is one of many that confirms the link between oral health and overall fitness. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.
It doesn’t matter if you are a lean Missoula distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a Lolo vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and tooth decay, you are at risk for harmful troubles in other areas of the body.
The phone number for Felton Dental Care is (406) 728-0896. If you have concerns about your oral health, I invite you to schedule an examination today.
Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile transformation. Porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, and orthodontia are all available to solve any cosmetic issues you wish to have repaired.
If you have a small child who has not yet visited a dentist, it is important to schedule an exam today. My friendly team and I will help keep your child’s smile beautiful for life.
To read the entire Science Daily article, see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100527204227.htm
Or call us at (406) 728-0896 for more information.