Oral-Bacteria-Heart-DiseaseHi everyone!

The amazing work that our dental hygienists at my Southfield dental office do is pivotal to how well we serve all the neighboring communities of Bloomfield Hills, Farmington Hills, Birmingham, Franklin, Lathrup Village, Huntington Woods, Berkley, Bloomfield Twp., West Bloomfield and of course, Southfield, Michigan. Our hygienists are first-rate professionals and provide first class service that is a cornerstone in our practice. Not only do they clean teeth and treat gum disease, but these team members also are active in patient education and diagnostic services such as digital x-rays, periodontal (gum) charting, oral cancer screening, taking blood pressures, and thorough clinical examinations.  They are competent and confident as well as personable and gentle, too – key reasons a visit to our dental office, Dr. Mark W. Langberg, DDS, MAGD, is a low-stress event and high value event.

Regular cleanings reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, according to study findings presented at the 2011 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions meeting in November. In the cited study, more than 100,000 adults were assessed over a seven-year period. Researchers found that those who had “regular dental cleanings” (at least two in two years) had a 24 percent lower risk of suffering a cardiac arrest and a 13 percent lower risk of stroke, compared to those who had little or no dental care. (None of the research subjects had a history of stroke or heart attack prior to the start of the study.)

It’s believed that teeth cleaning reduces or eliminates gum inflammation by inhibiting the proliferation of oral bacteria. Dental hygienists remove hardened tarter and soft plaque material from the teeth, which harbor bacteria. Flossing and irrigation remove imbedded particles from between the teeth, which can cause decay, bad breath and disease-causing periodontitis.

How do oral bacteria lead to heart disease? Researchers believe the oral pathogens cross over into the blood stream, spreading inflammatory agents and increasing C-reactive proteins throughout the body. Elevated C-reactive proteins have been linked to heart disease. Those with high oral bacteria levels often have thickened artery walls, a predictor of stroke and heart attack.

Don’t wait. Call our office at 248-356-8790 to schedule a checkup and hygiene visit with one of our excellent dental hygienists!

Until next time,

your Southfield Dentist,

Dr. Mark W Langberg, DDS, MAGD
26206 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 303
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 356-8790