Thursday, July 8, 2010

Oral Hygiene and Cardiovascular Disease

A recent study in the British Medical Journal has suggested that people who don’t brush their teeth twice daily are more susceptible to having heart disease in the future. In the past, most researches were concerned with the role of oral and gingival inflammation in building up atherosclerosis; in fact, this is the first study to examine if the number of teeth brushing has an impact on developing CV diseases, or not. The data was collected from Scottish Health Survey, which was performed on all adult participants . Results have revealed that participants who brushed their teeth less frequently had higher risks of heart disease than individuals who reported teeth brushing twice daily. Scientists believe that bad oral hygiene increases the risk for heart diseases through flaring systemic inflammation. Usually, the increased inflammation is associated with generalized homeostatic responses, besides; periodontal infection is proved to cause the disturbance of lipid metabolism, which will eventually cause most types of cardiovascular disease.
Bottom line is that there is absolutely no substitute for proper oral hygiene . Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily has numerous benefits that extend well beyond  the mouth!