To what extent does good oral hygiene protect your heart?

Laverne Higgins
December 5, 2019

Regardless of any outside factors that could contribute to cardiovascular disease, the study revealed that those who brushed their teeth three times or more times throughout the day lowered their risk of both congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation by 12 percent and 10 percent, respectively. 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.

Although the study did not determine the exact mechanism underlying the relationship between frequent tooth brushing and potentially mitigated negative effects on arteries, the findings suggest that frequent teeth brushing could reduce oral bacteria between the teeth and the gums, and prevent their translocation into systemic circulation. Improved oral hygiene care is associated with decreased risk of occurrence for atrial fibrillation and heart failure: A nationwide population-based cohort study. According to the study, the researches who conducted the study looked at 160,000 participants belonging to the Korean National Health Insurance System who were aged between 40 and 79 who didn't have a history of any heart problems whatsoever. Now, a new study has uncovered another health benefit to brushing: good oral hygiene is also good for your heart. After around 10 years, the team followed up with the participants to see if they had developed heart problems.

The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology is the world's leading preventive cardiology journal, playing a pivotal role in reducing the global burden of cardiovascular disease. The analysis also adjusted for age, sex, socioeconomic status, regular exercise, alcohol consumption, body mass index, and other present conditions like hypertension.

Another popular train of thought, captured by Robert H. Shmerling, MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, is that the bacteria from gum diseases like gingivitis can also travel to "blood vessels elsewhere in the body".

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The discoveries don't mean poor oral cleanliness messes heart up, in any case.

"We studied a large group over a long period, which adds strength to our findings", says senior author Dr. Tae-Jin Song of Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

Brushing your teeth isn't a surefire replacement for other known heart health strategies. Earlier this year, researchers confirmed that brushing your teeth can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, as well as several other diseases. 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.

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