Brushing and flossing your teeth three times a day could help boost your heart health, new research shows.
Researchers looked at the height, weight, illness history, oral health and brushing habits of over 160,000 people in South Korea.They found brushing teeth three times a day caused a 10% drop in atrial fibrillation and 12% drop in heart failure.
Researchers believe oral bacteria is irritating key pathways in the body affecting the cardiovascular system. Findings were independent of other factors, including age, alcohol consumption and exercise levels.
Conventional practice recommends brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. There is every advantage to brush three times a day as the role of inflammation in the occurrence of cardiovascular disease is becoming more evident,’ Dr Tae-Jin Song, from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, said to The Times.
Recent research found that many adults do not make time to brush twice a day .
One in five (22%) regularly miss brushing their teeth in the morning because they are running late.! One in four (25%) skip brushing their teeth at night because they get home too late. It would be easy to suggest these findings represent the demands of 21st century life, but there really is no defence for overlooking your health.’ chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE,
A good oral health routine is an essential everyday activity that helps to protect against tooth decay and gum disease.The health of your teeth and gums play an extremely important role in our overall well being. The ability to chew and digest food in comfort is a simple human essential.
A healthy smile can be a great asset; and because of this, it makes sense to give your teeth the best care possible. The team at the Harrow Dental Centre will be delighted to help you enjoy a healthy smile.