Tooth cleaning lowers risk of heart problems

ORLANDO (FLORIDA) - Regular visits to the dentist for tooth cleaning may provide more than just a brighter smile.

By (Reuters)

Published: Sat 26 Nov 2011, 11:45 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:40 AM

According to data compiled by researchers in Taiwan, people who had their teeth professionally scraped and cleaned had a 24 per cent lower risk of heart attack and 13 per cent lower risk of stroke compared to those who never had a dental cleaning.

Poor oral hygiene has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

The researcher who presented the findings of the multi-year study at the American Heart Association scientific meeting in Orlando on Sunday surmised that professional tooth cleaning appears to reduce inflammation-causing bacterial growth that can lead to heart disease.

“Protection from heart disease and stroke was more pronounced in participants who got tooth scaling at least once a year,” said Dr Zu-Yin Chen, a cardiology fellow at Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, who presented the findings.

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