A recent study published in the British Medical Journal was conducted on almost 12,000 adults in Scotland and found that people with poor oral hygiene had a 70% higher risk of developing heart disease as compared to those who had healthy gums and brushed twice daily.
Gum disease causes and increase in inflammation within the body which can lead to an increased risk of developing heart disease. Smokers have a 135% increased risk of heart disease as compared with the 70% increased risk with gum disease. Although the amount of people having serious heart problems during the study was low, 555 out of 11,869 people, the effect of brushing your teeth regularly was significant. So while other risk factors like smoking and high cholesterol are more serious, gum disease can indicate an added risk.
Blood tests drawn on people with poor dental hygiene exhibited elevations in two markers of inflammation, c-reactive protein and fibrinogen.
Once again, a very simple lifestyle change can dramatically decrease the chance of developing heart disease. So, make sure you are brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist twice a year!!
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