Brushing Teeth Prevents Heart Disease - British Medical Journal
Not Brushing Teeth Twice A Day Increases Risk Of Heart Disease
The British Medical Journal has published a report showing that people who do not brush their teeth at least twice a day are more at risk of getting heart disease. It is thought that bacteria in the gums and the oral inflammation they cause indicate a greater likelihood of suffering a heart attack.
The research does not prove a direct cause and effect link between not brushing teeth twice a day and heart disease but showed clearly that those who did not brush twice a day had a 70% higher risk of developing heart disease.
Oral hygiene is an indicator of better personal health in general and it is likely that people that brush their teeth twice a day also have other other healthy lifestyle habits that mitigate against not just heart disease but other illnesses too.
Judy O'Sullivan, senior cardiac nurse at British Heart Foundation, said: "Good personal hygiene is a basic element of a healthy lifestyle. But if you want to help your heart, you should eat a balanced diet, avoid smoking and take part in regular physical activity."
The Scottish study of more than 11,000 adults backs previous research linking gum disease with heart problems.