Visiting Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury PA for dental checkups and cleanings every six months may seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but the benefits go beyond your dental health.
A recent study showed that people 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 indicate that people who vigilantly schedule regular dental cleanings also observe healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.
Common oral ailments like inflammation caused by gum disease are linked to 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 mentioned 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.“
While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly glean the most health benefits, Dr. Haywood of Southern York Smile Care 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.