Sunday, May 4, 2008

General Health Topic - Heart Health and Gum Disease

Hello Everyone,

Can preventing diseases of the gums and bone that support the teeth with regular brushing and flossing prevent heart disease?

According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (heart disease). One study found that the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, were as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels. The evidence isn't clear yet but it is worth noting.

At this time, in addition to all the other steps you are taking for heart health (diet, exercise), it may be a good idea to take a few extra minutes a day on your oral health. In addition to fresh breath and gleaming choppers, you may be helping your heart.

Floss on.....

Dr. Paul

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