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Health & Fit Brushing Your Teeth This Many Times a Day Could Protect You From Heart Failure

16:40  02 december  2019
16:40  02 december  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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Brushing three or more times a day was associated with a 12 per cent lower risk of heart failure and a 10 per cent reduced risk of atrial fibrillation. Senior study author Dr Tae-Jin Song, of Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, said: 'We studied a large group over a long period, which adds strength

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Brushing our teeth might not only save us from trips to the dentist but could also protect us from heart failure, according to research.

a person brushing the teeth with a toothbrush in the mouth: A stock image shows a man brushing his teeth. Scientists believe it could protect the heart. © Getty A stock image shows a man brushing his teeth. Scientists believe it could protect the heart.

The study involved 161,286 people in Korea who had no history of heart problems. The participants had a routine medical examination—including a tooth check—and were asked questions about their oral hygiene. After around 10 years, the team followed up with the participants to see if they had developed heart problems.

Brushing one's teeth at least three times a day was linked with a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure, and 10 percent lower chance of developing atrial fibrillation, which can cause the organ to beat irregularly and abnormally fast. These findings remained even when the scientists factored in variables like how much the participants exercised and drank, and other problems which affect heart health like high blood pressure.

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If they start in time , middle-aged people could reduce or reverse their risk of heart failure from years of For sedentary middle-aged people, heart failure risk can be reduced or reversed with a He urges people to exercise as "part of their personal hygiene," similar to showering and brushing teeth .

Brushing your teeth and flossing are both important to a good oral health routine. The American Dental Association (ADA) advises you to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a Failure to remove plaque from these areas can cause gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis .

The team aren't sure what lies behind the association, but they think the habit could reduce the numbers of bacteria living in the gaps between the teeth and gums, preventing them from getting into the bloodstream. The findings were published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Senior author Dr. Tae-Jin Song of Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, told Newsweek: "Atrial fibrillation and heart failure are major cardiovascular problems. However, to date, little is known about the risk factors or association factors of atrial fibrillation and heart failure and the factors that can prevent them."

"Efforts to improve oral hygiene, including tooth brushing, will reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Therefore, the importance of taking good care of oral health can be reaffirmed through the results of this study," Song said. 

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Tooth brushing three or more times a day was associated with a 10% lower risk of atrial fibrillation and a 12% lower risk of heart failure during An accompanying editorial states: "It is certainly too early to recommend tooth brushing for the prevention of atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure ".

Tooth brushing three or more times a day was associated with a 10% lower risk of atrial fibrillation and a 12% lower risk of heart failure during 10.5-year follow up. The findings were independent of a number of factors including age, sex, socioeconomic status, regular exercise, alcohol consumption

However, Song acknowledged the study was limited because it was based on one population.

In an editorial published in the European Journal of Preventive, experts who didn't work on the paper praised the researchers for using a big sample size, and following up with participants after a relatively long period of time. 

However, Pascal Meyre of Switzerland's Cardiovascular Research Institute Basel at University Hospital Basel, and David Conen of Canda's Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, also wrote the study doesn't prove that brushing teeth prevents heart disease. 

"It is certainly too early to recommend tooth brushing for the prevention of AF [atrial fibrillation] and CHF [heart failure]," they said. "While the role of inflammation in the occurrence of cardiovascular disease is becoming more and more evident, intervention studies are needed to define strategies of public health importance."

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Brushing your teeth , it turns out, means brushing your whole tooth . Or at least everything you can get to with “We spend more time on the chewing surface and we don’t really get down on the gum line 8. You don’t make one time wonderful. Brush at least twice a day , at least 2 minutes each time .

Rinsing your mouth with water after brushing , can lead to tooth decay. It’s best to brush before — rather ‘Stick to three or four meals a day and keep your sugar consumption for mealtimes, to reduce the number Use disclosing tablets a few times a week to test how well you are cleaning your teeth

Earlier this year, a separate team of scientists concluded our outlook on life could also protect our hearts.

The study published in the journal JAMA Network suggested a positive attitude could prevent heart disease, and lower the risk of dying prematurely.

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