A Healthy Smile May Promote a Healthy Heart
CHICAGO—January 08, 2008—Each year, cardiovascular disease kills more Americans than cancer. And while most people are aware that lifestyle choices such as eating right, getting enough exercise and quitting smoking can help prevent cardiovascular disease, they may not know that by just brushing and flossing their teeth each day, they might also be avoiding this potentially lethal condition.
An article published in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP), the official publication of the American Academy of
“Although there have been many studies associating gum disease with heart disease, what we have not known is exactly why this happens and under what circumstances,” said
Researchers at Howard University identified 11 studies that had previously examined
“While more research is needed to better understand the connection between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, this study suggests the importance of taking of your teeth and gums and how that can help you take care of your heart,” said