Navigation Links
A healthy smile may promote a healthy heart
Date:1/8/2008

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 issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP), the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), suggests that periodontal patients whose bodies show evidence of a reaction to the bacteria associated with periodontitis may have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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 JOP editor Kenneth Kornman, DDS, PhD. The findings of this new analysis of previously published studies suggest that the long-term effect of chronic periodontitis, such as extended bacterial exposure, may be what ultimately leads to cardiovascular disease.

Researchers at Howard University identified 11 studies that had previously examined clinically-diagnosed periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. The team then analyzed the participants level of systemic bacterial exposure, specifically looking for the presence of the bacteria associated with periodontal disease, as well as measuring various biological indicators of bacterial exposure. They found that individuals with periodontal disease whose biomarkers showed increased bacterial exposure were more likely to develop coronary heart disease or atherogenesis (plaque formation in the arteries).

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 Susan Karabin, DDS, President of the AAP. With the number of people with heart disease continuing to increase, it is important to understand that simple activities like brushing and flossing twice a day, and regular visits to your dental professional can help lower your risk of other health conditions.


'/>"/>

Contact: Meg Dempsey
meg@perio.org
312-573-3242
American Academy of Periodontology
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New Poll Announces Link Between Friends and Family Influence and a Healthy Lifestyle
2. The Healthy Monday Movement Offers a Unique New Years Idea to All Americans
3. Discovery Healths Fifth Annual National Body Challenge Takes a Stand Against Obesity by Offering the Keys to Adopting a Healthy, Active Lifestyle
4. Looking For Some Sweet and Healthy Stocking Stuffers?
5. AMA: Resolutions for a Healthy New You in the New Year
6. Workplace Flexibility Can Boost Healthy Behaviors
7. A drink to healthy aging
8. Mayo Clinic Proceedings Article Offers New Data About the Impact of the Shingles Virus on Healthy Adults
9. Overweight Kids Often Become Obese, Unhealthy Adults
10. Medical Industry Offers Food Ingredient Companies More Than One Billion Reasons to Think Healthy
11. Finding Ways for Seniors to Stay Safe, Healthy... and Home
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... All-Star Insurance, a family managed agency that offers insurance management ... announcing the launch of a new charity drive to benefit women in the area ... reveal that an estimated 252, 710 new cases of invasive or high risk breast ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... the Houston area with access to asset protection and financial planning services, is ... aimed at improving the lives of children with cancer and other chronic diseases. ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... , ... Plastic Surgery Associates is proud to report that founding surgeon, Francisco ... and information firm, Castle Connolly, releases their list of the most notable and trusted ... time that Dr. Canales has been recognized by Castle Connolly. , ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... , ... Groove Ring is excited to announce they've partnered with Olympic runner ... and all-purpose rings. Whether you’re an athlete, adventurer, professional, or love to venture the ... From the rock face to the auto shop, Groove Ring is the world's first ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... ... Despite its pervasiveness, many physicians are unfamiliar with how best to treat ... practice. Now, however, a timely review has been published in the Journal of ... NeuP and educating preclinical scientists on its diagnosis and choice of treatment. , The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/10/2017)... , June 9, 2017  Shane K. Burchfield, DPM, is recognized ... excellence as a Podiatrist in Alabama . ... Family First Foot Care. He brings over 20 years of experience, ... management and healthcare, to his role. ... Care, PC is pleased to welcome you to his ...
(Date:6/9/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 9, 2017 ... In a further effort to help spread lessons learned ... condition, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Eli Lilly ... together for the second phase of the Bringing Research ... 2), reaffirming their commitment to helping people with diabetes ...
(Date:6/8/2017)... --  Responding to Heath Ledger,s father,s recent call ... Chris Cornell in May, the mental health watchdog ... online psychiatric drug side effects search engine ... drug risks. The father of the late ... overdose, has called for tighter rules on prescription drugs. Speaking ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: