A trip to the dentist at least twice a year can help to reduce the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke. These are the findings of a group of researchers from the Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. The study findings were recently presented at the annual meeting of American Heart Association (AHA) in Orlando, Florida.
For the latest study, the researchers followed more than 100,000 people having no history of heart problems or stroke for an average of seven years. Among the participants were over 51,000 adults who had received at least one professional cleaning, and a group of similar number who had received no professional cleaning.
Study findings indicated that among participants who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least twice yearly for two years, the risk for heart attack was decreased by 24 percent, and the risk for stroke was reduced by 13 percent, when compared to those who had their teeth cleaned by a professional once every other year, or not at all.
Keeping your heart healthy involves controlling risk factors including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight, in addition to getting sufficient exercise and refraining from smoking. Adding bi-annual teeth cleanings to your heart health list may also be beneficial, and will definitely promote a more dazzling smile.
For the detailed article go to Health News.
Comment: The importance of cleaning teeth was emphasized by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) almost 1500 years back. The research needs to be done yet on “Regular use of miswak prevents building up of plaque and also keeps the gums healthy”.