How To Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease
Frequent and thorough tooth brushing three times a day can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Maintaining teeth and gums in good condition limits the formation of bacteria that cause inflammation in the body (including the heart).
Experts are gradually coming to the conclusion that heart disease is caused by inflammation.
The reduction in the risk of disease is not very great – if you brush your teeth three times a day, the risk of heart failure is reduced by 12%, and the risk of atrial fibrillation is reduced by ten percent.
Researchers from Korea’s National Health Insurance System explain that it is too early to say categorically that brushing our teeth is a way we can avoid heart disease, but researchers are starting to look in that direction.
The researchers observed more than 161,000 people, aged 40 to 79, who did not have any heart problems.
During the ten years of the study, three percent of the participants developed atrial fibrillation, while nearly five percent suffered from heart failure, while those
who brushed their teeth thoroughly and followed gum health had a lower risk of developing heart problems.
The researchers believe that the risk of the disease is reduced because regular tooth cleaning reduces the amount of bacteria on the subgingival biofilm in the
oral cavity – in the gaps between the teeth and gums – and the corresponding amount of these bacteria enters the bloodstream.