Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dental Hygiene Related to Heart Disease

New Evidence

You may not be a dentist, but get those patients to brush their teeth! People who brush their teeth less than twice a day run a higher risk of heart disease. These are the findings of a recent study published in the British Medical Journal.*

This is the first study of its kind and confirms the established fact that inflammation in the body (including mouth and gums) plays a significant role in the formation of atherosclerosis. Researchers analyzed health data from 11,000+ adults. After adjustment for established risk factors, the study found those with poor oral hygiene also had increased levels of C-reactive protein and fibrinogen. 

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*Published online May 27, 2010 in BMJ; corresponding author is Prof Richard Watt (University College London, UK.)