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Brushing Teeth Three Times a Day Reduces Heart Attack Risks

Brushing Teeth Three Times a Day Reduces Heart Attack Risks

Wednesday, 4 December, 2019 - 07:30
Brushing your teeth three or more times per day is associated with lower risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. (AFP)

Brushing your teeth at least three times a day could lower the risk of heart failure by more than 10 percent, a study has found.

Researchers linked it to a lower risk of heart failure and atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular heart rate.

It is thought that frequent brushing reduces bacteria living between the teeth and gums, preventing it from entering the bloodstream.

Scientists in South Korea examined the connection between oral hygiene and heart problems in the study of 161,000 people aged between 40 and 79. They had a routine medical examination between 2003 and 2004.

By the time of a follow-up ten years later, around 5 percent had developed heart failure and three percent atrial fibrillation.

Brushing three or more times a day was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure and a 10 percent reduced risk of atrial fibrillation. The findings were independent of factors including age, sex, financial status, regular exercise, alcohol consumption and body mass index.

Other studies have shown that poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body. This increases the risk of an irregular beat and heart failure.

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