Take care of your teeth to reduce your risk of stroke.

“Here is another reason to put in the effort for the best gum health possible. Orthopedic surgeons tell patients that dental infections are a leading cause of infections in the blood stream getting into a total joint implant causing it to fail. Here is a report about an increased risk of stroke.

I love the Panasonic water irrigator. http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Dental-Flosser-Pressure-Settings/dp/B0027LSEPS/ref=sr_1_1_a_it/189-9774289-5118830?ie=UTF8&qid=1461892248&sr=8-1&keywords=panasonic+water+irrigator . It cleans my teeth and gums  better than a water pik, the more common irrigator.

Try this trick to motivate yourself. I timed how long it took me to use the irrigator thoroughly inside and outside of the teeth. It takes 2.5 minutes, 150 seconds. I always find the 150 seconds to keep my teeth healthy. “ Bill Chesnut, MD

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March 22, 2016 Cleveland Clinic Wellness Newsletter
Take care of your pearly whites! It may reduce your risk of stroke.
Raise your hand if you received a reminder card from your dentist and tossed it in the recycling bin. Now use that hand to grab the phone and call for an appointment! New research underscores the links between your oral health and your overall health, and calls attention to the importance of seeing your dental professional every six months. Multiple studies indicate a link between periodontal disease and heart disease — and, on the “good news” front, treating periodontal disease has been shown to lower your risk of heart attack. Now a new study sheds light on how the presence of Streptococcus mutans, a cavity-causing bacteria, may increase your risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Professional cleanings can reduce not only bacteria but also harmful inflammation, which may also contribute to heart disease. Brush and floss daily, and see your dental pro twice a year for cleaning and evaluation. If you find yourself slacking, remind yourself that, when it comes your health, everything is connected, so that good health anywhere in the body improves the likelihood of good health everywhere.