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Brush Your Teeth, Save Your Heart

Currently in the United States the average deaths caused by cardiovascular disease is 600,000 people per year. And if these statistics do not impress you, on average the country spends $109 billion on deaths and illnesses associated with coronary heart disease.

According to new study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers have discovered the direct relation between having good oral hygiene and having a lower degree of artherosclerosis, a condition that exposes you to a higher risk to a heart attack or stroke.

The condition known as carotid artherosclerosis or the thickening of the arteries through the accumulation of calcium, cholesterol and other substances in the bloodstream has been directly linked with lethal cardiovascular complications such as coronary heart disease and peripheral arterial disease.

The investigation gathered data from a project that collected 5,008 plaque samples of 420 adults which were analyzed for 11 bacterial strains involved in periodontal disease. Later on, follow up was made on these subjects and they would check on either the improvement or the decline in the periodontal health of each of these individuals. Desvarieuz´s team found out that those whose periodontal hygiene improved showed a slower progression of intima-medial thickness (IMT).

“These results are important because atherosclerosis progressed in parallel with both clinical periodontal [gum-related] disease and the bacterial profiles in the gums,” explained professor of epidemiology and author of this study, Moïse Desvarieux.

To be able to go this far in actually proving that what you do everyday to maintain your pearly whites clean is a great step towards prevention.

Whenever you read about brushing your teeth daily or flossing you might just brush it off since you have heard about it so many times it is not even interesting anymore, what is interesting though is how such a simple and even pleasant practice such as brushing your teeth can positively affect your cardiovascular health.

Professor Moïse Desvarieux´s study was published on the Journal of American Heart Association.

By: Prisma Dental

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Brush Your Teeth, Save Your Heart
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