Brush Your Teeth, Help Your Heart (oh, and get Adjusted too!)

Posted on 18. Aug, 2010 by drpeters in Uncategorized

The British Medical Journal (2010;340:c2451) recently published that NOT brushing your teeth is related to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease due to the potential of oral inflammation.  Brushing only once a day increased the risks to 30%.  Brushing less than once a day increased the risk of fatal/nonfatal cardiovascular events to 70%!

In Chiropractic, we have studies, observations, case studies, and recent research that shows that getting specific Chiropractic Adjustments can normalize blood pressure.  While things in health and medicine aren’t always so crystal clear, the philosophy behind the Chiropractic Adjustment states that normally functioning nerves coming out of the spine result in better functioning organ systems for which they are connected to, such as the spinal nerves that go to the heart.

The light bulb went off over my head almost 20 years ago when regular Adjustments helped me overcome asthma and got me off the daily inhaler and monthly shots.   But, as mentioned earlier, things in health and medicine aren’t so clear: there are just too many factors to comprehend.  The heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins are controlled by the nervous system, but are also influenced by biochemistry, and the heart even has it’s own little nerve system to boot!

I’ll take my dentist’s advice and brush 2 – 3 times a day, and floss regularly (Dental Hygiene).  I’ll take my own Chiropractic advice and get Adjusted at least every 4 to 6 weeks (Spinal Hygiene?).

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