How to avoid heart disease: brush your teeth!

There has been growing scientific evidence that poor oral hygiene boosts the risks of heart attacks and strokes. New studies link bacteria and bacterial infections as independent risk factors for heart disease.

How does this happen? If you have gum disease (and 90% of the population has some form of it), an open blood vessel from bleeding gums will give bacteria a portal to gain entry to your bloodstream. Once inside the bloodstream, certain bacteria stick onto cells called platelets, causing them to clot and decreasing blood flow to the heart.

So, while smoking, obesity and high cholesterol are the most common causes of heart disease, the importance of oral hygiene as a risk factor for heart disease cannot be overlooked.

We suggest that if you are concerned about your general health, then it is imperative to have superlative oral hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing and using a waterpik. The spray from the waterpik used with an appropriate antibacterial agent will oxidize a lot of the harmful bacteria that reside in the gums. There are up to 700 different bacteria in the human mouth. Poor oral hygiene will cause these germs to flourish.

Also, many people would benefit from more frequent dental cleanings. Many of our patients have their teeth cleaned every 3 to 4 months. As with anything in medicine, prevention is the best defense to avoid disease.


**Dr. Archer Katz is a general and cosmetic dentist offering personalized, painless and superior dental care for patients in Emerson, NJ. Dr. Katz earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology/Chemistry in 1981 from Rutgers University, and received his DMD from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1985. Dr. Katz believes in continuing education and is certified in BIOLASE Laser Technology, Invisalign® Orthodontics, Advanced Endodontics and Periodontics, and more. In addition, he is an active member of the American Dental Association, Bergen County Dental Society, the New Jersey Dental Association and the Academy of Facial Esthetics.  Dr. Katz has been voted a Bergen Top Dentist, for 2019, in Bergen Magazine.  He has also been chosen as one of America’s Top Dentists since 2007 by Consumers Research Council of America. To learn more about Emerson Dental Arts and the services Dr. Katz provides, please visit our website at or call/text (201) 261-3364.

Archer Katz

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