Clean Teeth Prevents Heart Disease
June 1, 2010
By Kate Devlin
Research found that those who brushed less often were 70 per cent more likely to develop the condition than those who were conscientious about cleaning their teeth morning and night.
Previous studies have shown a link between gum disease and heart disease. Although they are unsure of the exact reason, experts believe that it could be to do with inflammation in the mouth and gums, which they believe is connected to the build up of clogged arteries.
The study is the first to assess how often a person has to brush their teeth to reduce the risk.
Professor Richard Watt, from University College London, who led the study, said: “Our results confirmed and further strengthened the suggested association between oral hygiene and the risk of (heart) disease.”