Your Mouth and Your Arteries


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study links good dental health with good arterial health. Researchers checked that in samples of dental plaque and bacteria from the mouth, and measures of thickened carotid arteries in the neck, in 420 people. Over roughly three years, people whose gum health got worse developed thicker carotid arteries. In those whose gum health improved, the thickening was slower.

At Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Moise Desvarieux says the study does not demonstrate worse oral health causes worse artery problems but it does show they progress in parallel. And he says:

“Oral health is part of overall health, and one is not truly healthy unless one has good oral health.”

The study in the Journal of the American Heart Association was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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