Can healthy smile improve overall health?
Drs. Siegel and Samadi weigh in
- Duration 3:14
- Date Feb 19, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi weigh in
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I am so grateful to be back for Sunday house call a whole week I was on my -- this week trying to be healthy and joining us now doctor David somebody the vice chairman of the department of urology and chief of robotics at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and doctor mark -- associate professor of medicine NYU's -- -- medical center he is also the author.
Of the inner pulse unlocking the secret cold.
And help doctors.
Good morning when it's so easy don't eat healthy when you're not right by our -- -- thanks for being here and get back on track exit -- how other first topic to make us all healthy and has to do with -- teeth and oral health you know it's.
Really important for -- if but now some doctors are claiming that getting your teeth cleaned regularly.
Can have an effect on your overall health specifically your chances of getting a heart attack or stroke.
Directs money and this is pretty amazing getting what you teeth cleaned.
More often couldn't protect.
Protect your heart.
This is a fascinating topic because we always thought of -- that's more cost -- or for the look of it.
But now more more we're learning from cardiologists specially pro American Heart Association.
That keeping your teeth healthy is actually healthy for your heart.
Another study came out from Taiwan and -- England visiting your dentist once every two years can reduce the risk of heart disease by 24%.
And reducing the risk of stroke by 13% so how does it work everything so it's from information or something called gingivitis when you're brushing you -- so that.
Blood that information eventually becomes apparent -- told disease deeper -- which affects over 75% of Americans.
Information we'll get into our system and we've talked about.
Disease -- arteries forming plaques and eventually heart disease.
And stroke so if you want to break that cycle you've got to take care of -- -- sense so the recommendations are.
Visit your dentist every six months make sure you brush your teeth twice today.
Get it forcing them on a regular basis is extremely important keeping the -- really fit well also the bacteria can get in.
And get rid of that to his -- every three months even if it looks good.
It's important to get rid of it because of the bacterial growth and that in that toothbrush.
Our doctor -- -- today they talk about going.
Twice a year to get your teeth cleaned and -- -- more than that some people I know go like three times here.
At least twice a year and and by the way Erica 75%.
Of Americans have some kind of gum disease.
As David was saying there's an increasing -- of literature in both the periodontal literature and the cardiac literature that both well.
Part of gum disease and heart disease have inflammation and they seem to share the same bacteria.
It's not yet what we close call cause and effect we can't prove that gum disease causes heart disease.
But we're getting very close and as an internist that actually forces myself to look in the mouth of every -- make sure that.
Your doctor looks in your mouth not your just your dentist receding gum lines.
We look for bleeding and gums diabetics smokers.
All of you have to be on particular attention to your -- again gum disease is extremely important it's very prominently probably -- the heart disease and stroke.
Using into micro micro -- antibiotics sometimes see a dentist regularly aren't.