Not only for oral hygiene: brushing teeth heart can affect health

South Korean researchers determined in a new study that brushing your teeth only protects against oral diseases. Instead, it also plays a role in heart health. Who is dressing up at least three times a day the teeth, thus lowering the risk of heart disease by up to 12 percent.

Regular brushing of teeth is not only important in order to avoid tooth decay or periodontal disease – it is also the heart could protect. A study in South Korea suggests at the very least, their results in the journal "European Journal of Preventive Cardiology" have been published. Therefore, people who brush their teeth at least three times a day insufficiency, a lower risk for heart rhythm disorders and Heart.

The connection between dental hygiene and a number of diseases have already been known for some time – for example, in the case of lung and heart inflammation, erectile dysfunction, heart attacks and strokes.

Risk for atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure decreases

Another possible connection is the study of the Korean Ewha women’s University. They found that participants who brushed three times or more often during the day, the teeth, had a ten percent lower risk for atrial fibrillation and a twelve percent reduced risk for heart failure than those with poor oral hygiene. How could it come into existence, does not reply to the investigation.

The authors acknowledge that the analysis is based only on data from a single country and as a purely observational study, no causes can be identified. It was too early to recommend brushing your teeth for the prevention of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, explaining a physician in a comment to the analysis. First, further analyses were necessary.

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