The more we learn about the connection between oral health and general overall health, the more we understand how healthy gums and teeth help keep serious chronic conditions at bay. The underlying factor seems to be inflammation-causing bacteria that can travel from diseased gums to other parts of the body through the blood stream. Thus, it makes sense that keeping our teeth clean and our gums healthy may help reduce the risk of heart disease. In fact, recent research has found that people who have their teeth professionally scraped and cleaned had a 24% lower risk of heart attack and a 13% lower risk of stroke compared to those who had never had a dental cleaning. That’s quite a benefit!
P.S. Gum disease is much more prevalent among diabetics. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered the sixth complication of diabetes.