Brushing your teeth could save your life

New research suggests that those who do not brush their teeth at least two times a day may be increasing their risk of developing heart disease.

Although there has been a known link between heart problems and gum disease for some time, experts have only now looked at the impact that daily brushing can have on this link.

In a new study published by the BMJ, people that do not brush their teeth, or do so less than twice a da,y are 70% more likely to have heart disease associated problems than those that do brush their teeth twice a day.

However, researchers also stated that the comprehensive risk of heart disease that results from poor oral hygiene is still low.

The data was studied from over 11,000 people around the age of fifty by the University College London.

The researchers looked at people’s lifestyles, brushing habits, and exercise routines. Study participants were asked how often they brushed their teeth and how often they visited the dentist.

Separate details were then collected that took an in-depth look at people’s medical histories, family history of heart disease, and blood pressure.  Blood samples were also collected in order to measure the presence of blood inflammation.

A little over six out of every ten people reported they regularly saw their dentist twice a year, while 71% reported that they brushed twice a day.

Throughout eight years of a follow-up study 555 people involved in the study suffered serious heart problems, out of which 170 of the attacks were fatal.  Experts then looked at the study results and found those who did not brush their teeth regularly were 70% more likely to suffer heart disease.