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People who do not brush their teeth at least twice a day have a higher risk of developing heart disease! Recent studies show that less frequent tooth brushing can lead to a 70% higher risk of heart disease.
A research team analyzed data about participants in the Scottish Healthy Survey. The team analyzed behaviors including smoking, physical activity and oral health routines. Participants were asked how often they visit the dentist and how many times a day they brush their teeth. Medical history and family medical history were also collected from the participants in order to help the researchers draw more accurate conclusions.
“Our results confirmed and further strengthened the suggested association between oral hygiene and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Furthermore inflammatory markers were significantly associated with a very simple measure of poor oral health behaviour.” – Professor Richard Watt from University College London
Results showed that the participants who reported brushing their teeth less than twice a day had a 70% increased risk of heart disease in comparison to those who said they brush their teeth at least twice daily, however the overall risk remained low.
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