Brushing Teeth Benefits Your Heart

Grant Boone
December 5, 2019

According to a new study, brushing teeth three or more times a day ensured that a person had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure! The American Dental Association prescribes brushing 2-3 times each day (particularly after dinners), supplanting toothbrushes at regular intervals, getting their teeth expertly cleaned, and flossing on an every day (or possibly week by week!) premise.

A new study out of Europe has identified a link between brushing teeth and preventing heart attacks.

Over a decade later, the participants were evaluated again; the researchers learned that those who were more diligent about brushing their teeth - and did so multiple times per day - were more likely to have better heart health. The participants, all above age 40, were chosen from Korea's National Health Insurance System-Health Screening Cohort, a program that gathers medical information about individuals - including height, weight, medical conditions and lifestyle questionnaires - in order to study the causes and treatments of disease.

2Meyre P, Conen D. Does tooth brushing protect from atrial fibrillation and heart failure? The findings were published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The findings had been unbiased of a lot of components including socioeconomic status, age, sex, body mass index, regular exercise, alcohol consumption, and comorbidities similar to hypertension.

Previous analysis suggests that poor oral hygiene results in bacteria within the blood, causing irritation within the body. None of these participants had heart failure or atrial fibrillation when they were enrolled in the study. One common theory, referenced by the authors, argues that frequent teeth brushing prevents a biofilm of bacteria from building up in our gums, which then lessens the chance these bacteria could migrate to the bloodstream and cause inflammation throughout the body.

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During a median follow-up of 10.5 years, 4,911 (3.0%) participants developed atrial fibrillation and 7,971 (4.9%) developed heart failure.

If you don't brush, bacteria can build up, especially in the gums.

"While the role of inflammation in the occurrence of cardiovascular disease is becoming more and more evident, intervention studies are needed to define strategies of public health importance", points out an accompanying editorial in the journal.

Researchers say that "improved oral hygiene care" may reduce the risk of heart failure. For oral hygiene indicators, presence of periodontal disease, number of tooth brushings, any reasons of dental visit, professional dental cleaning, and number of missing teeth were investigated. Inflammation increases the risks of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure (the heart's ability to pump blood or relax and fill with blood is impaired).

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