Tooth brushing habits linked to risk of heart disease
According to a new American study, brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste can lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease
The new research reveals that regularly brushing your teeth for enough time can decrease the risk of developing heart problems by as much as three times. The American study, examining the tooth-brushing habits of nearly 700 adults, investigated the risk of having or dying from a heart attack, heart failure or stroke.
It also highlighted the likelihood that poor oral health can lead to poor general health and wellbeing in other areas of the body.
Good oral health can provide other benefits
In response to these findings, the Oral Health Foundation is keen to stress the importance of taking good care of your oral health, believing it can provide benefits that go far beyond the mouth.
‘Findings like this may sound slightly scary to hear but it could prove to be just the push we need to take better care of our oral health,’ commented Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation.
‘This study adds to the growing scientific evidence that this is a strong link between the health of our mouth and that of our body. For many years, gum disease has been linked with conditions like strokes, diabetes, dementia, and pregnancy outcomes. These are all serious conditions that could impact on a person’s quality of life.
‘Looking after our mouth should be a priority every day and the benefits of doing so are simply too important to ignore.’
The new study was presented during an American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago. It follows European research conducted earlier this year which highlighted a link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction.
Oral Health Foundation: www.dentalhealth.org