Patients derive many health benefits from regular checkups with the dentist, and researchers have recently uncovered another. First, it is instructive to point out that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in this country. The most common form of heart disease is “coronary artery disease” (CAD), which is caused by buildups of plaque in the coronary artery that reduce blood flow to the heart. Common risk factors for heart disease include physical inactivity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and diabetes. Now, researchers have also found a link between a dental root infection known as “apical periodontitis” and blocked coronary arteries. The condition is mostly detected with dental x-rays.


Today’s column has been brought to you as a public service. At West Brookfield Dental, we deliver a high level of quality dental care. All the members of our staff are dedicated to serving you – we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our concern is your comfort and confidence – our goal is to help preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime. Call us at 508.867.2777 to schedule an appointment. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where we stress preventive dentistry for the entire family.

P.S. Apical periodontitis is characterized by inflammatory lesions of the pulp in the center of the tooth, most commonly caused by infection.


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