Study shows gum disease, stroke link
SUMMARY: New research shows the importance of teeth cleaning to prevent health issues such as a stroke.
Posted: April 17, 2013
Cleaning your teeth and keeping a fresh mouth isn't just important to maintain oral and dental health, but a recent study suggested that untreated gum disease may be a precursor for a stroke or other serious health conditions. Published in the most recent issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, the 10-year study conducted at Taipei City Hospital in Taiwan garnered surprising results.
The results showed that people who had regular cleanings to get rid of dental plaque had a significantly lower risk of stroke. The study focused on 510,762 people with periodontal disease and 208,674 individuals within a control group. The group with the highest risk of stroke were individuals between the age of 20 and 44 who had untreated periodontal disease.
According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly half of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from periodontal disease. This issue begins with gum disease, which starts with common bleeding of the gums. When the gums open up and bleed, this allows up to 700 different types of dangerous bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Dental plaque build-up, which can be easily removed by regularly flossing, can lead to sensitive and bleeding gums.
"This research sends a clear message that visiting the dentist and taking preventive measures to maintain good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of atrial brillation - one of the leading causes of stroke," British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter told Express.
Researchers found that even getting the teeth cleaned once a year can dramatically improve the risk of getting gum disease. It was also found that patients who visited the dentist for a cleaning once a year were one-third less likely to develop an abnormal heartbeat.
Using products like TheraBreath's PerioTherapy Oral Rinse can rid the mouth of excess anaerobic bacteria that causes gum disease and bad breath. People experiencing bleeding gums while brushing or flossing should consider this product, as that is one of the first signs of gum disease. This product is extremely effective at halting the signs of gum disease. Combining this with a healthy diet, all-natural toothpaste, regular flossing and a substantial amount of fluids everyday can keep the mouth and body healthy. Untreated gum disease can also lead to tooth loss, bad breath and other diseases.