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University College researchers have found that brushing your teeth at least twice a day can stop people from experiencing heart problems such as a heart attack or heart disease.
The researchers researched data from over 11,000 middle-aged Scottish people who were asked about their oral hygiene practices for a national health survey, such as how much they visited the dentist and their overall medical background.
Research found that 62% of respondents visited their dentist for at least six months and 71% said they brushed their teeth twice a day.
555 of the survey respondents suffered severe heart attacks 8 years after the study was completed, of which 170 cases were fatal.
It was found that those individuals who barely brushed their teeth were 70 percent more likely than those who brushed twice daily to be a victim of heart disease, and poor oral hygiene was also related to blood inflammation.
In the British Medical Journal, Professor Richard Watt stated: “The proposed association between oral hygiene and cardiovascular disease risk has been confirmed and further strengthened by our results.”
“Future experimental studies will be needed to confirm whether the observed association between oral health behaviour and cardiovascular-disease is in fact causal or merely a risk marker.”
Cosmetic dentistry services and teeth whitening services are likely to be required for those who stop brushing their teeth twice daily.
The scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, Professor Damien Walmsley, told the Daily Mail that research has shown that poor oral health can lead to heart disease, diabetes and even dementia.
“If people-brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, visit the dentist regularly and restrict sugary snacks to mealtimes, this will go a long way towards keeping their teeth and gums in a healthy state for life.” he said.