How to avoid heart disease: brush your teeth, say scientists
This is interesting. I had no idea by brushing your teeth it lowers the chances of you receiving heart diseases. I always thought brushing your teeth is for lowering the chance of you having bad breathitis. So now heres one more reason for one to brush their teeth, if that stink wasn't enough before.
Here's another reason to brush your teeth: poor dental hygiene boosts the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a pair of studies reported this week.
Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide, claiming upward of 17 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization.
Smoking, obesity and high cholesterol are the most common culprits, but the new research shows that neglected gums can be added to the list.
"We now recognize that bacterial infections are an independent risk factor for heart diseases," said Howard Jenkins of the University of Bristol in Britain, at a meeting of the Society for General Microbiology in Dublin.
"In other words, it doesn't matter how fit, slim or healthy you are, you're adding to your chances of getting heart disease by having bad teeth," the professor said.