Given that Valentine’s Day has just passed, we are reminded that, for many, the month of February is associated with cares of the heart. We thought you should know that Drs. Su-Jung Chen and Chia-Jen Liu report in the International Journal of Cardiology (Vol. 168, Issue 3, October 3, 2013, pp. 2300-2303) that improved oral hygiene through dental scaling is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular events. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), and disrupts the regular flow of blood through the heart. Following a matched set of 28,909 subjects from the “National Health Insurance Research Database” (NHIRD) in Taiwan, for three years between 1998 – 2000, they discovered that even annual dental scaling reduces the risk of atrial fibrillation.
Additionally, they found that having bi-annual dental scaling services reduces this risk even further!
As a dentist here in West Vancouver, BC, Dr. Rodney Shainbom has little guidance to offer in how to handle one’s love life, but he can confirm that twice/year dental hygiene and check-up appointments will help you live a longer life in which to love!