Brushing the Teeth Is Saving Your Heart
An interesting comment by yougotme in my hub Healthy Aging Increase Your Life Span, can be an eye-opener. It says "How brushing at least twice a day can actually indirectly increase life span...(an article he read in a magazine).
This should explain experts' advice on how brushing the teeth twice a day saves your heart. I thought a hub on this subject is well worth putting up.
After we eat, bacteria in the mouth break down sugar left on the teeth. This build-up forms a clear film on the teeth called plaque. The longer the plaque sticks to the teeth, the better its chances of making holes called cavities.
Not brushing regularly, the teeth lay host to these cavities putting you at risk for tooth decay. When bacteria accumulate in the mouth, they irritate the gums causing inflammation and bleeding.
This common bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease can break out into the bloodstream which can form blood clots. If these clots travel to your heart, they increase your risk of heart attack.
Brushing at least twice a day helps remove plaque and prevents it from forming. Since much of the plaque buildup occurs between the teeth, experts strongly approve of flossing and rinsing with mouthwash in addition to brushing as a healthy dental regimen. Flossing helps eliminate plaque in hard-to-reach areas that brushing cannot catch, and rinses help keep the mouth smelling fresh. A co-hubber, Faceless39, has a hub on how to floss your teeth correctly. Learning would be helpful and fun.
What Experts Say
- Howard Jenkinson, professor of oral microbiology said: "People should be aware that as important as keeping a check on one's diet, blood pressure, cholesterol and fitness levels, is also the need to maintain good dental hygiene to minimize their risk of heart problems."
- Acute gum disease increases the amount of hs-CRP in the bloodstream, which is a natural response to inflammation caused by infection. The American Heart Association says hs-CRP may signal a tendency of a heart attack. "There is a visible evidence to suggest that inflammation can be a hidden killer," said Dr. Steven Offenbacher, a University of North Carolina Research Professor, who's been researching links between gum disease and heart disease for 15 years.
- James B. McCall, DDS, PA, of Comprehensive and Cosmetic Surgery, also notes on the importance of dental cleanings to overall health. A study conducted by the American Heart Association found that more than 100,000 people who had their teeth cleaned by a dentist have a 24% lower risk of heart attack and 13% lower risk of stroke as compared to those who never had a dental cleaning.
- Scientists have two explanations for this association. One is on how bacteria can cause periodontal disease and release toxins into the bloodstream that form fatty plaques in the arteries. These plaque deposits can... read more.
How Is Your Oral Hygiene?
Not everyone likes a trip to the dentist. In fact, many people put less attention to the cavities and plaque; when issues occur, some may even treat it a minor nuisance. Are you among those who treat problems with your oral hygiene as something not as much of an importance? Think twice, it can hurt your heart.
Did you brush your teeth twice yesterday?
What Toothbrush Are You Using?
If brushing the teeth is essential to personal hygiene, brushing twice a day is proven helpful to the heart. It is one of the basic elements to a healthy lifestyle and overall beauty. Is your toothbrush perfect for you? Does it fit your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily?