Heart to Heart from your Hygienist

We all know that keeping our teeth clean is important in maintaining a beautiful smile and healthy teeth and gums, but did you know that it can also effect your whole health? Shocking new evidence is showing that periodontal, or gum disease, increases the risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure, and stroke. But here is the GOOD news. Recent studies have shown that patients who had their teeth cleaned at least once a year had a 24% lower risk of a heart attack and a 13% reduced risk of stroke compared to those who had no cleaning in two years.

Visiting us for a professional cleaning removes inflammation-causing bacteria, which in turn causes a reduction in the pathogens that can lead to heart disease or stroke. 

When you hear us say we are measuring your gums for pockets, we are evaluating to detect periodontal disease. These studies have shown that participants with the highest pockets had a 53% higher risk of heart attack than those with lower pockets and patients with the highest incident of bleeding gums had more than twice the risk of stroke. 

Here at our office we are doing our best to detect periodontal disease in our patients and understanding that saving teeth may save lives!

Please call our office to schedule your appointment for you or a loved one.


Christine RDH, BS

Autumn RDH

Natali RDH, BS


*PS- Here is a list of conditions which connections between periodontal disease exist:

-Heart Disease

-Infectious Endocarditis

-Carotid Artery Stenosis



-Rheumatoid Arthritis

-Mouth and Throat Cancer

-Colon Cancer

-Kidney Infection

-Lung Infection/ COPD

-Low Fertility in Men/ Erectile Dysfunction

-Brain Abscesses

-Alzheimer’s Disease

-Infectious Mononucleosis

-Pre-term Babies

-Yeast Infections

-Multiple Sclerosis/ Osteoporosis