Brushing Daily and Keeping your Heart Healthy

Modern studies in dental science have shown evidence that brushing your teeth twice each day can lower your risk for heart disease. In recent tests, participants that did not brush their teeth twice each day had a 70% increase for heart complications and associated disorders. A link between infrequent brushing habits and increased proteins in the blood were also higher, compared to testing participants that brushed more often.

The CRP or C-reactive protein is released in the body when inflammation occurs. Inflammation can be present after injuries, bacterial infections, or common disorders like arthritis. High CRP levels are linked to increased risks of heart attacks or heart related conditions. Fibrinogen is a protein found in the blood that accelerates clotting. The CRP and Fibrinogen proteins are closely related to the development of heart disease.

Infrequent oral hygiene habits result in excess bacterial growth inside of the mouth. This bacteria attaches to surrounding teeth and tissue and can be ingested in the body by swallowing bacterial fluids. Periodontal disease has been linked to increased inflammation in the body, which increases the escalation of CRP and Fibrinogen proteins. Patients that brush a minimum of twice each day can improve oral health and decrease the risk of bacterial growth and infections.

Gum infections and oral diseases can be prevented with a good oral hygiene program designed to accurately decrease bacterial growth inside your mouth. Regular dental checkups provide deep cleaning and preventative procedures to decrease future dental complications that can lead to more serious illnesses.

Source: Dentist Northridge

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