A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. If it stops for more than a few seconds, the brain doesn’t get any oxygen and cells start to die. Symptoms of a stroke include paralysis of the face, trouble speaking or understanding and paralysis of the arms or legs. Every year, nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. It’s the leading cause of adult disability.
Dickson dentist Dr. Gatgens says good dental health can reduce the risk of having a stroke. Brushing your teeth day and night, flossing correctly right up to the gum line can really help make a difference. Research shows that gum disease can be factor in many diseases, from cancer to diabetes and heart disease.