Most of us are aware that brushing our teeth leads to shiny, smooth teeth and healthy gums, but did you know that good oral hygiene can also help to reduce your risk of a host of serious illnesses, including heart disease?
Research suggests that people who neglect their oral hygiene have a higher risk of developing heart disease. A study carried out in Scotland over a period of eight years involving more than 11,000 people revealed that people who did have poor dental hygiene had a 70 per cent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those who brushed twice a day. The research team stressed that further research in this area was required but subsequent studies have also suggested that brushing and flossing can help to keep heart problems at bay.
The British Heart Foundation explained that harmful bacteria in the mouth can travel to other parts of the body, increasing the risk of an inflammatory response, which could contribute to heart disease.
SimplyHealth has recently teamed up with Heart Research UK to fund extensive research into the link between heart health and oral health. Studies have also suggested a link between poor oral health and diabetes, strokes and even Alzheimer’s disease and research in this area is ongoing.
Although experts recommend further study into the link between oral hygiene and heart disease, it is evident that taking good care of your teeth and gums is extremely important. A good daily oral hygiene regime should include brushing the teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. You should aim to brush for at least two minutes and if you find it difficult to keep track of time, you can buy a toothbrush with a timer or brush along to your favourite song. Try to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating to prevent damage to the tooth enamel.
Flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are also beneficial and it is really important to see your dentist every 6 months for a routine check-up; seeing a dental hygienist is also really good for your oral health so why not book a hygienist appointment today at Harley Street Dental Studio in London.
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