Brushing your teeth regularly is the best way to protect your dental health, but it can also have a positive effect on your overall health.
Scientists believe that taking good care of your teeth and gums may help reduce the chances of suffering a stroke or heart attack.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reveals that properly brushing your teeth can reduce the clogging and hardening of arteries. The positive effect can be felt among people who brush their teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at New York’s Columbia University found.
Heart Disease is caused by the accumulation of fatty substances, including cholesterol, on the walls of the arteries.
As the walls get thicker, blood circulation becomes more difficult and clogs may occur. These clogs are often the cause of strokes and heart attacks. Sometimes clogs may take place as a result of bacteria, similar to those that affect teeth and gums.
Over a period of three years, researchers monitored 420 randomly selected adults and found evidence that the presence of more gum tissue was linked to lower chance of atherosclerosis.
Dr Moise Desvarieux, co-author of the study, commented that the findings presented compelling evidence that changing one’s periodontal bacterial profile could have an impact on one’s arteries, and maintaining good oral hygiene could either prevent or reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.