Brushing teeth could save from heart attacks

Good oral hygiene can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, according to the findings of a study released by researchers from Columbia University.

The research team, from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, found that brushing regularly can help to prevent atherosclerosis. This is a condition which causes fatty deposits to collect in the arteries.

Atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for both heart attacks and strokes. Interrupting the flow of blood to the heart and brain, its characteristic deposits of fat can be deadly.

Researchers discovered that gum health had an impact on the health of the arteries. Patients who showed improvement in their gum health over the course of the 3 year study were also found to have healthier arteries. The more the condition of their gums improved, the more the condition of their arteries also improved.

Dr Moise Desvarieux, co-author of the study, said: “This is the most direct evidence yet that modifying the periodontal bacterial profile could play a role in slowing or preventing both diseases.”

Additional risk factors for atherosclerosis, including obesity and smoking, were taking into account by the scientists during their evaluation of the 420 patients involved in the study.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), described the study as “ground-breaking”. He added that people should be aware of the findings and therefore take steps to protect their teeth and gums.

In addition, the researchers found that poor dental hygiene can allow more than 700 strains of bacteria to enter directly into the bloodstream.

So take a few minutes every day to brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, floss regularly and don’t forget to use mouthwash. You’ll be protecting not only your mouth, but your heart as well.

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