New study: Brushing your teeth twice cuts the risk of heart disease

By Drum Digital
19 April 2015

Health experts say brushing your teeth twice a day can lower the risk of fatal heart disease.

In fact, studies by dental experts at the Forsyth Institute in Massachusetts have shown that better oral hygiene lowers the risk of a multitude of health problems.

Dr Thomas Van Dyk said: “The majority of diseases and conditions of ageing, including obesity and Type 2 diabetes, have a major inflammatory component that can be made worse by the presence of periodontitis. Periodontitis [a serious gum infection] is not just a dental disease, and it should not be ignored, as it is a modifiable risk factor.”

The researchers, whose findings are published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, found a link between mouth bacteria and heart disease. However, they also found that cholesterol medication can help to treat both: the medication stimulates production of the anti-inflammatory fats lipoxins and resolvins, which naturally control inflammation without suppressing the immune system.

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