by Nicole Orlacchio
Researchers at the Indiana University School of Dentistry recently did a study showing a connection between dental plaque and ones risks of heart damage in blacks and males. Studies showed that if most black males had dental plaque build up, their neutrophils (an important part of the immune system and a very common blood cell) increased significantly. Neglecting ones hygiene of the mouth leads to an increased white blood cell activity, which could help doctors better diagnose patients who are more likely to get infections involving the heart. This finding is significant because people who are more likely to get heart disease could be a result of more blood cell activity caused by plaque.
One of the reasons I chose this article is because my dad is a dentist and I have worked in his office since I was in high school. I just found it very interesting that something such as plaque could have a disease on ones heart. Normally when we think of heart disease it is never associated with ones hygiene. Although there has not been too much talk on the heart directly, it has been significant to a few class discussions. We have also discussed a little information about white blood cells.