Tooth loss can increase the risk of a stroke especially in later years. Studies have shown that people with less than 24 of their own teeth are 60 per cent more likely to suffer a stroke.
More than just a pretty smile, clean teeth and gums are a sign of total body health. And those painful sessions with the dental hygienist could save your life, new findings suggest.
Most people know that the tedium of good oral hygiene–regular brushing, flossing and trips to the dentist’s office–reduces? tartar, plaque, cavities, gingivitis and bone loss and helps the breath smell like roses
Experts have also taken into consideration smoking, body weight and excessive drinking of alcohol.
These problems appear with the appearance of dental caries and transmission of infection to the tissue and bone around the tooth.
Scientists claim that bacteria which appear in mouth cavity not only increase the possibility of stoke but also are responsible for heart diseases. Cardiologists have found dangerous microorganisms, associated with oral diseases, in patients arteries. They believe that oral bacteria could damage arterial walls which can lead to stroke. Oral bacteria could also form fatty plaques in the arteries. These plaque deposits can lead to serious problems, such as blood clots, which can cause a stroke.
And treating gum disease, or periodontal disease, can improve the long-term function of endothelial cells that line blood wessel walls, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center. With better performing endothelial cells, plaques that cause heart disease will decrease, diminishing the risk of triggering a heart attack.
So, even though it may be boring, floss your teeth regularly!
“When oral health improves, overall health improves,”