This simple daily habit is shown to help prevent heart disease.
When we were children, we were taught to keep clean and part of our daily hygiene was to brush our teeth. Brushing our teeth not only made our teeth healthier and helped prevent gum disease and cavities, but it also helps prevent one prevalent problem in our society today; heart disease.
Find out what researchers at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health found out in their latest study.
Brushing Teeth Found to Prevent Heart Disease
Taking care of your teeth can also take care of your heart. That’s the latest word from Columbia University researchers who found taking care of your gums by brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits can help keep heart disease at bay, according to a Medical Express
The study, by Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, is the first to show that as gum health improves, progression of atherosclerosis — hardening of the arteries, a major contributor to heart disease — slows to a clinically significant degree.
“These results are important because atherosclerosis progressed in parallel with both clinical periodontal disease and the bacterial profiles in the gums,” said Moïse Desvarieux, M.D., who led the research, published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “This is the most direct evidence yet that modifying the periodontal bacterial profile could play a role in preventing or slowing both diseases.”