WARNING: Ignore Brushing Your Teeth Twice and You Could Be At Risk
June 15, 2010
People who fail to brush their teeth twice a day may be putting themselves at risk of heart disease. A study of more than 11,000 adults backs previous research linking gum disease with heart problems.
More work is needed to confirm whether poor oral health directly causes heart disease or is a marker of risk.
BBC News reports:
"It is known that inflammation in the body, including in the mouth and gums, has an important role in the build up of clogged arteries, which can lead to a heart attack. But this is the first time that researchers have looked at whether the frequency of teeth brushing has any bearing on the risk of developing heart disease."