US researchers say two types of bacteria found in the mouth carry a great risk of heart attack. If teeth are not brushed properly the two types of bacteria thrive in the mouth.
The study was carried out by researchers from the University at Buffalo, New York.
They studied 386 people, who had suffered a non-fatal heart attack and compared them with 840 healthy people.
The researchers identified two types of bacteria in the group who had suffered a heart attack. They found Tanneralla forsynthensis bacteria in 53 percent and Prevotella intermedia bacteria in 35 percent of that group.
Dr. Oelisoa Andriankaja, the study author, plans to do further research to test the oral bacteria in people without heart disease and after a heart attack.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation told Telegraph, UK:
This study adds to the mounting evidence supporting the knowledge that oral health has a major effect on the rest of the body.
Dr. Carter said they are planning “National Smile Month” campaign in UK beginning May 17 with a slogan “Look after yourself, brush for health” to promote oral hygiene.
He said there are about 700 different bacteria in our mouths and gum disease has been linked to strokes, pregnancy problems, diabetes and heart disease, so he said it is imperative to take care of our oral hygiene.
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