Regularly brushing your teeth can help protect you from heart
attacks, researchers have found. Poor dental hygiene and bleeding gums
can allow up to 700 types of bacteria to enter the bloodstream. But
brushing and flossing has now been found to help to combat bacteria in
the mouth that can cause hardening of the arteries which may lead to
heart attacks and strokes.  This means that people who brush their teeth
at least twice a day are less likely to suffer from a heart attack or

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Dr Moïse Desvarieux, of Columbia University in New York, said: ‘These
results are important because atherosclerosis (the narrowing of
arteries through the build-up of plaque) progressed in parallel with
both clinical periodontal disease and the bacterial profiles in the
gums. ’This is the most direct evidence yet that modifying the
periodontal bacterial profile could play a role in preventing or slowing
both diseases.’ Researchers at the University’s Mailman School of
Public Health looked into the link between gum disease and
atherosclerosis – when the arteries are clogged with fatty substances –
by studying the dental health of 420 adults over three years.  It is
believed bacteria buildup in the mouth can cause clots in the arteries
which lead to heart attacks.  Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the
British Dental Health ­Foundation, told the Express: ‘This is truly
ground-breaking. ’The potential link between what goes on in your mouth
and the health of your heart has been an intense topic of debate for
some time. This research clearly shows the more you improve and maintain
your gum health, the less chance there is of developing a potential
life-threatening illness.’

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