Friday, June 29, 2012

Dental floss, Teeth Cleaning and Your Heart

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.

Results:
   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

Summary
These finding support tooth scaling in addition to daily brushing may reduce the risk of vascular disease


Comment
  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
David Calder,MD

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.

25 comments:

  1. This is one very good reason to get regular orthodontic treatment. It's better to be safe than worry about any complications.

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  2. If I understand it correctly does this mean that there is a connection between having a clean teeth and having a healthy heart? That sounds new to me, well, I'll have to ask it later to my dentists in concord nc upon my dental check-up.

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  4. This is a fact that not everyone is aware of. Most people usually think that no one can die from bad dental care. I know that it's possible because my dentist in mobile told me about it because I used to have bad dental care. But ever since after our talk, I started brushing my teeth more often and was more careful with the food I take.

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  6. It's no wonder why sleep apnea is directly link to oral health because of the data you presented here. So I guess I should be checking with a sleep apnea Memphis professional after some alarming periodontal results I received from my previous visit with my doctor, eh? Such an enlightening article you got mate.

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  7. Unfortunately, not a lot of people are aware on how effective dental floss are in cleaning our teeth. They think that brushing your teeth is enough, but it doesn't completely clean out the tiny bits of food stuck in between our teeth. I'm glad that the cosmetic dentist in tarpon springs were able to explain this to me and my family. So ever since then we make sure to use dental floss before brushing our teeth.

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  8. Dental floss does a lot of help for our health. It also stimulates our gums, letting is bleed less. My dentist in lafayette co always reminds me to floss everyday.

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  11. THanks for all of your comments. Dr. Calder

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  14. When I had to talk to a dental consultant before, I was told on how important dental floss is. I never realize this because I've always believed that brushing your teeth was enough. But it's true, dental floss and brushing your teeth does help big time in maintaining a good dental care.

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  17. To be honest, my dentist in huntersville nc would be so mad if I forget to floss my teeth. According to him, using dental floss is as important as brushing your teeth. Brushing alone is useless if you don't floss your teeth.

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  18. There are several health concerns that we need to worry and make sure we take care of. I remember when I was a teenager. I took it for granted, which resulted to me going to the hospital a lot. Not only that, but I also had to visit the dentists in fayetteville nc regularly because I had a lot of different dental problems that had to be fixed.

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  19. Our dentist maryville tn never failed to remind us about the proper do's and don'ts when it comes to proper oral health care. We may not prioritize it to much because it does not even show major diseases, unlike internal diseases. But what we should know right now is that all of it connects directly to each major parts of our body that may gave us serious problems. Always remember that little things matter.

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  21. I didn't know there was such a link between teeth and cardiovascular health. Looks like another thing to raise up with the emergency dentist long island.

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  22. Hi there! I've experienced TMJ pain before and I want to know if there is also a link to the status of my cardiovascular health. Thanks!

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Your comments and questions are appreciated. David Calder,MD