Oral hygiene & heart disease linked

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Sat, 05-29-2010 - 11:55am

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100527204227.htm

If You Don't Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day, You're More Likely to Develop Heart Disease, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (May 28, 2010) — Individuals who have poor oral hygiene have an increased risk of heart disease compared to those who brush their teeth twice a day, finds research published on the British Medical Journal website.

In the last twenty years there has been increased interest in links between heart problems and gum disease. While it has been established that inflammation in the body (including mouth and gums) plays an important role in the build up of clogged arteries, this is the first study to investigate whether the number of times individuals brush their teeth has any bearing on the risk of developing heart disease, says the research.

The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analysed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in the Scottish Healthy Survey.

The research team analysed data about lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, physical activity and oral health routines. Individuals were asked how often they visited the dentist (at least once every six months, every one to two years, or rarely/never) and how often they brushed their teeth (twice a day, once a day or less than once a day).

On a separate visit nurses collected information on medical history and family history of heart disease, blood pressure and blood samples from consenting adults. The samples enabled the researchers to determine levels of inflammation that were present in the body. The data gathered from the interviews were linked to hospital admissions and deaths in Scotland until December 2007.

The results demonstrate that oral health behaviours were generally good with six out of ten (62%) of participants saying they visit the dentist every six months and seven out ten (71%) reporting that they brush their teeth twice a day.

Once the data were adjusted for established cardio risk factors such as social class, obesity, smoking and family history of heart disease, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70% extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day, although the overall risk remained quite low. Particpants who had poor oral hygiene also tested positive for inflammatory markers such as the C-reactive protein and fibrinogen.

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Mon, 05-31-2010 - 5:29pm
On this subject: How is your oral hygiene?

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Mon, 05-31-2010 - 9:46pm
Let's just say I am not Jessica Simpson ;-)











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Tue, 06-01-2010 - 9:41am

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Tue, 06-01-2010 - 12:51pm

I brush and floss every morning, and I use a mouthwash daily as well (It's a special flouride mouthwash on Sundays)...

I vit my dentist twice a year for exam, cleaning and flouride treatment.

My worst habit --- I tend to NOT brush at night before bed because I keep such irregular bedtime hours.



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Tue, 06-01-2010 - 1:10pm
Good for you Carol on the brushing, flossing & flouride mouthwash.

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Tue, 06-01-2010 - 9:41pm
Ummm, what do we do if we don't have real teeth anymore? ;)

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 2:17pm
Take good care of your gums to stave off infection, which could affect your health? ;))



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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 10:46am
Follow your dentist's instructions for good oral hygiene... brush your gums, keep your dentures clean, etc. ;)

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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 6:21pm

I hate to floss, so I don't do it as often as I should. Brushing is good, but still not perfect. It's sometimes hard to drag myself to the sink at night to brush

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Tue, 06-08-2010 - 10:00am
Rhonda, I hate to floss too, and definitely don't do it as often as I should.

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