Brush your teeth to shield your heart


Past evidence shows inadequate oral hygiene contributes to bacteria in the blood, allowing the body to become inflamed. Inflammation raises the risk of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and cardiac failure (impairment of the capacity of the cardiac to pump blood or relax and fill with oxygen).

Tooth brushing was associated three or more times a day with a 10 percent lower risk of atrial fibrillation and a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure over 10.5 years of follow-up. The results were independent of a variety of variables including age, class, socioeconomic status, daily exercise, alcohol intake, body mass index and comorbidities such as hypertension.

Gum disease (periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can affect the heart valves. Oral health may be particularly important if you have artificial heart valves.

For those with poor oral health, gingivitis, or parodontitis (an infection that erodes the tissue and bone protecting the teeth), the bacteria that will usually be washed out by brushing or chewing may eventually reach the bloodstream through the damaged gums.

The American Academy of Periodontology states that people with periodontal disease are almost twice more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than those without the disease.

The beginning stages of Osteoporosis, certain cancers, eating disorder and other diseases may show their first signs through bad breath and unhealthy gums and teeth.

JDRP is an open access peer review journal who publishes different types of articles related to the field of dental or tooth problems, its cure, diagnosis and treatment. People who are interested in submitting their article can go through the URL link