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Frequent Teeth-Brushing Can Lower Heart Disease Risk

A UK research study showed that good oral hygiene lowered the risk of heart disease.

 The association was found after analyzing the data of over 11,000 adult study participants. The researchers observed that participants who brushed their teeth less than twice a day were 70 percent more likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who brushed at least twice a day.

 Earlier studies have correlated gum and heart diseases. However, the association is not entirely clear. It is recognized that a link between oral health and heart disease is inflammation, which plays a vital role in the development of clogged arteries that can lead to heart attack.

 In the present study, it was revealed that participants with poor oral hygiene tested positive for proteins in the blood that are suggestive of inflammation.

 The other risk factors that were taken into account were family history of heart disease, obesity, social status and a history of smoking.

 In general, 60 percent of the participants said they visited the dentist every six months and 70 percent brushed their teeth twice a day. During the more than eight-year study period, there were 555 cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks, and 170 of these were deadly.

 This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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