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Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Well it looks like ScienceDaily has published a really decent piece about how heart attacks and strokes can be substantially reduced by making regular visits to your Columbia dentist for dental cleanings.

Apparently and according to a Taiwan presenter at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, professional tooth scaling was associated with fewer heart attacks and strokes in patients. Interesting.

The study included over 100,000 participants who had their teeth scaled by a dentist or dental hygienist which indicated a 24% reduction in the risk of heart attacks with a 13% lower risk of having a stroke. For seven years comparisons were made with that group and a group that never had dental cleanings done. Frequent teeth cleaning was considered having the procedure done at least one a year.

The study included more than 51,000 adults who had received at least one full or partial tooth scaling and a similar number of people matched with gender and health conditions who had no tooth scaling. None of the participants had a history of heart attack or stroke at the beginning of the study. Source: ScienceDaily.

How interesting. None of the participants had any signs or history of heart attacks or strokes before the study was done but thereafter had development them. That’s actually big news and a clear sign that seeing your Columbia dentist is of the utmost importance!