We constantly stress brushing, flossing, good oral hygiene, care for your gums and regular checkups because in the long run, all of those will help you maintain good health. More and more dental issues are being linked to problems in other areas of the body. While the science isn’t conclusive at this point, it certainly continues to strongly indicate linkage:
The American Heart Association published a Statement in April 2012 supporting an association between gum disease and heart disease. The article noted that current scientific data do not indicate if regular brushing and flossing or treatment of gum disease will decrease the incidence, rate or severity of the narrowing of the arteries (called atherosclerosis) that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. However, many studies show an as-yet-unexplained association between gum disease and several serious health conditions, including heart disease, even after adjusting for common risk factors.
So it’s really not worth the chance that there’s no linkage. Common sense tells us that good oral hygiene certainly can’t hurt and likely will have an overall beneficial effect. Diseases anywhere can effect other parts of the body. Doing what is necessary to achieve and maintain good oral health is important, not only for the health benefits, but for the quality of life benefits as well.
Call us with any questions you might have about this. We’d be happy to talk with you about it.