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article imageNew study: Poor oral hygiene increases chances of heart disease

By Gemma Fox     Jun 1, 2010 in Health
New research shows that people with poor oral hygiene have a greater chance of developing heart disease than those with good oral hygiene.
How often do you brush your teeth? If it's only once a day you may want to consider the results of a Scottish study, published in the British Medical Journal, which shows that people who only brush their teeth once a day have a 70% increased chance of developing heart disease.
The study of 11,000 adults highlighted the significant increase in development of heart disease with those who only brushed once per day and those who brushed twice per day or more.
The study backs up previous studies which had before linked gum disease and heart disease. These studies have shown that inflammation elsewhere in the body can increase the chances of clogged arteries and heart attacks.
This is the first study that confirms the link between oral hygiene and heart disease.
This recent study took into consideration the participants lifestyles including their eating and exercise habits, what they smoked and drank. This information was analysed along with the information collected on the participants visits to their dentists and the amount of times they cleaned their teeth.
Out of those surveyed, six out of ten said they visited the dentist every 6 months and seven out of ten said they brushed their teeth at least twice daily.
In the eight year study there were 555 cardiovascular events among participants of which 170 were fatal.
The conclusion is that, taking into account lifestyles, people who brushed twice per day had a decreased chance of developing heart disease.
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