It doesn’t matter if you are a lean Centurion distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you attend your local gym 3 times a week. It doesn’t matter if you are a Gauteng vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and tooth decay, you are at risk for problems in other areas of the body.
Attention all our patients: Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily may help lower your risk of heart disease.
South African scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems; however, a recent study analysed oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.
I quote from the Science Daily article:
“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analysed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analysed data about lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”
“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”
The Scottish survey is one of many that confirm the link between oral health and overall health. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.
The phone number for our Centurion practice is 012 653 4119. If you have concerns about your oral health, I invite you to schedule an examination today.
To your health
Dr Emil Jansen