Dental Checkups May Limit Risk of Heart Attack

The best way to lower the risk for a heart attack may be visiting the dentist. A new study indicates that heart attack risk goes down roughly 25 percent with regular trips to the dentist.

The study, which comes from a research team in Taiwan, shows that basic dental cleaning lowers heart attack risk by about 24 percent and risk of stroke by roughly 13 percent.

This information was brought to the American Heart Association meeting in Orlando. The reason for the dental visits' positive impact is based on the way that inflammation can be prevented, and inflammation is something that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Study Determines Risk Factors for TMD

Dental hygienists in Alberta are trying to make the best of a bad economy.

Hygienists in the Canadian province have opened up their own businesses, enabling patients to get dental services for a fraction of the cost of a visit to the dentist. These hygienists are legally able to do this because of a law that passed in Alberta in 2006. The Alberta Health Professions Act makes it possible for hygienists to open a business and provide basic treatments and services at lower costs than dentists.

Mouth Cancer Survival Rates Need to be Higher

Mouth cancer survival rates aren’t progressing as highly as they should. People are surviving in higher percentages when developing other forms of cancer when compared to mouth cancer.

The study was put together by Saman Warnakulasuriya, professor of Oral Medicine at King’s College in London.

Cases of mouth cancer have risen 41 percent in the past decade. The issue is that the rate of survival isn’t increasing the way it is with other forms of cancer.

One of the problems with mouth cancer stems from the lack of trials for anticancer medication. Also, many people may wait too long before deciding to visit the dentist or doctor. At that point, advanced symptoms may have developed, and the disease is challenging to treat.

Losing Weight May Improve Dental Health

The human body may be better equipped to fight gum disease when it doesn’t have as many fat cells.

The information comes from a Case Western University School of Dental Medicine study in which the research team analyzed data from 31 obese people with gum disease. Half of the people in the study had a body mass index of 39 and had gastric bypass surgery. The other half, which was the control group, had a BMI of 35 and did not have gastric bypass surgery.

Massachusetts Town Votes to Continue Without Fluoridation

A town in Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly against fluoridation.

The town of Amesbury, Mass. will continue to not fluoridate water because of the poor quality of the fluoride and the impact it had on the water system. More voters in every district voted against fluoridation

The town had been adding sodium fluoride in its water dating back to 1967 until the practice was stopped in 2009.

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