one more article from the June issue of the American Journal of Medicine, Page 568
The Association of Tooth scaling and decreased cardiovascular Disease: A nationwide population based Study (Taiwan )
The article reports that 30 % of all deaths in Taiwan are cardiovascular related.They point out that atherosclerosis is not just a cholesterol storage problem but is "a sustained dynamic and inflammatory process in vasculature". Their study was to evaluate the role of poor oral hygiene and peridontal disease and cardiovascular disease.
Their study included 21,878 persons > age 50 who had at least 1 tooth scaling in 2000 and compared them to a age and risk group who did not have tooth scaling.The study groups decreased to 10,877 people who had tooth scaling and 10,989 people who did not receive tooth scaling and were then followed for 7 years.
Tooth scaling was associated with a decreased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke
* People with poor oral hygiene had a 24% to 35% increased risk of heart disease
and a 1.2% to 3% increased risk of stroke
* Greater risk reduction was obtained with higher frequency of tooth scaling
These finding support tooth scaling in addition to daily brushing may reduce the risk of vascular disease
I always try to look at absolute numbers along with the relative % risk reduction used in research to compare treatment and non treatment groups. The absolute numbers adds a little more reality to the results. I have included the absolute numbers below if you are interested.
Total # no tooth scaling tooth scaling
Acute Myocardial infarct 408 239 169
Stroke 2062 1099 963
Have fun , Be Smart Brush Your Teeth twice a day, Use Dental Floss and have your teeth inspected
and cleaned at least twice a year
Confession - My poor Dental flossing -- >Techniology to the rescue , I hope.
I have never been good with the teeth flossing process . I just never got into the routine until now. My dental hygienist suggested I try the Phillips Sonicare device. This device uses compressed air mixed with mouth wash to clean my teeth along with brushing. I use it at least once daily now. I am eager for my visit next month to see if it has made a difference.