Brushing Teeth Could Stop Heart Attacks, Strokes

A new study proves that regular brushing could thwart a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University determined that brushing on a regular basis could eliminate atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries. Atherosclerosis is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks and strokes based on the fatty deposits blocking the flow of blood to the heart and brain.

Gum health affected the health of the arteries, based on this study. During the 3-year study, participants who showed improvement in gum health were also shown to have healthier arteries. Therefore, there was a clear correlation between gum improvement and artery improvement.

The researchers involved with this study took other risk factors into account, particularly obesity and smoking. There were a total of 420 patients in the study.

Research has concluded that poor dental hygiene may result in 700 strains of bacteria entering a person’s bloodstream.