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Brushing the Teeth Is Saving Your Heart

Updated on February 22, 2016

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.

Not Brushing

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."

June Davison, senior cardiac nurse from the British Heart Foundation said in a statement, “Studies already established how poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of the heart disease, endocarditis."

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 are visible evidences 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?

Which of the Following Toothbrush Is For You?

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?

  • Have you heard of a toothbrush that not only whitens the teeth but eliminates plaque up to 100%? The gums are stimulated and improves its health in just two weeks!
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Smoking may cause staining the teeth. While to quit smoking is the most efficient way to save oral health, there are some tips that those who choose to smoke may find helpful.

  • This toothbrush type has 6 cleaning modes: sensitive, daily clean, deep clean, whitening tongue cleaner and massage
  • Deep cleans the tongue, gets rid of bacteria in the mouth eliminating bad breath
  • The Whitening feature works on polishing the surface of the tooth by using the included ProWhite brush head.


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      Tonette Fornillos 20 months ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Annah. Thanks to your friend and to that program. I bet that is worth sharing as well, esp for those who smoke. Goodluck to you Annah, so nice of you dropping by. Hugs from me! :) -Tonette

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      Annah 2 years ago

      i smoked for a quite a few years now. After I quit,I wneatd to whiten my teeth. My dentist quoteda hundred dollars. Good thing my friend sharedme this womderful program at the site:TeethWhiteningProgram _._ info remove underscoreit worked great and I appreciate not having tospend a fortune.

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      Tonette Fornillos 2 years ago from The City of Generals

      Stormy -- so nice to have you dropped by. I'm glad we've all learned how to basically take care of, not just our teeth, but the heart!:=) Now we can smile a lot! Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!:=)

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      Stormy 2 years ago

      Back in school, I'm doing so much leraning.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Barbs hello. Thanks for the inspiring words. I am happiest to be able to put up something that, like you said, to educate people about the connection between gum, tooth problems and the heart. Honestly, I just learned all about this when I did the hub. I even just started to practice the flossing habit. Thanks to you all too, we're learning together. Best of all!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Tonipet...This topic certainly is worth doing a Hub to help educate people about the connection between gum and tooth problems and the heart.

      The first time I was informed of this relationship of bacteria, I was skeptical, but since then I've learned more about the subject. Your Hub importantly reinforces what dentists have to say about correct hygiene. Nice share!!

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      This is another wonder of how each detail of what we do everyday connects to our body and then our life. Me myself is thankful to our fellow hubber, yougotme... had it not with his comment, I would have not learned the need putting this hub up. Now that we're all aware.... :=)we can save our hearts! Thanks for reading nighthag.

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia

      I have never thought that these two things could be connected but now that I have read this it makes a lot of sence, a great thought provoking hub, great work!

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      You're welcome Marlene. Me too learned from this, and we are lucky to be among those who can start spreading the word. It's for our heart, it's for life -- let's enjoy brushing the teeth twice a day everyday. Best wishes to you!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I never thought about it that way, that "tooth decay and gum disease can break out into the bloodstream which can form blood clots". That made it clear to me how important it is to keep the teeth and gums clean. Thank you for your very informative hub.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      rajan jolly -- You bet how jolly your teeth are for such a very healthy habit of brushing them. Tiredness doesn't give any benefit. Your teeth will thank you! Appreciate your votes and sharing it on G+1. Best wishes!

      jpmc -- you said it. Thanks, so glad you made it by. All the best and happy brushing to us all:=)

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Here's another good reason to brush!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      tonipet, an excellently written article on the importance of brushing teeth. I make it a point to brush twice a day, no matter how tired I am. And I'm glad I do so, more so now that I know it benefits the heart.

      Voted up, useful and awesome. Sharing this hub on G+1 and here.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Brushing and flossing -- glad we all give our hearts a chance to live longer now. Thanks too, for dropping by Sue. Your comments are appreciated. Blessings!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      A very useful and informative hub. I brush my teeth twice a day. I also try to floss once a day.

      Voted up and interesting

      Take care :)

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Yes spy, and its never late for us to do this habit twice a day. Thanks to a fellow hubber, yougotme, he started talking about this, and we all learned! Glad you made it by. Best of health too!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      such informative hub! i never thought about this before! glad to know.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi EuroNinila,

      So nice having you dropped by. Hope you're doing fine. Thanks for the votes.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Great info! Voted up and useful!

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello kj_force,

      Thank you and I agree with you. But no, I just learned of that corn leaves. One thing again -cleaning the teeth and freshening the mouth are another beautiful thing of long ago that we should inherit. You gave me another good hub topic :=) You're such a sweet force, so inspiring!

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      Tonipet.....very informative hub...thanks for sharing the word...

      not enough people follow this rule..did you know years ago people used to chew on corn leaves to help remove the substance ( plaque ) on the teeth, followed by parsley to sweeten the breath...

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      @p10kabjihita - I’m with you – not many people realize the consequences of neglecting dental hygiene. This has what sparked me to put this hub up. Thanks so much for reading and for the line of votes :=) Keep up!

      @dreamer18 – yes it is. Your comment is really appreciated. Thanks for dropping by and have a warm Sunday.

      Mhatter99 – Hi. So glad to have shared something very important, useful and helpful. Now that we know this, we all can save our hearts. Thank you for reading and best regards.

      Elle64 - Like you, I do brush my teeth more than twice a day too, but was not as aware as how helpful it is to the heart. Putting an article on this has been helpful to me, as well. Good work on brushing your teeth twice a day. Thanks for dropping.

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      elle64 5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Great info- I was not aware- but I do brush my teeth 2 times a day. Have a good Sunday.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I didn't know this

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      dreamer18 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Useful hub!

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for this useful hub..not many people realize the serious consequences that bad dental hygiene can have on the over all health..voted up, interesting and useful!