Heart Health Linked To Regular Teeth Brushing

05.28.10 |

Scientists suggest people have an increased risk of heart disease if they neglect to brush their teeth twice a day. British researchers studied nearly 12-thousand adults in Scotland and found the risk of heart disease among those who practiced poor oral hygiene rose 70 percent. That's compared with people who brushed twice a day and were less likely to have unhealthy gums. Study leader Richard Watt of the University College London says the development of heart disease and diabetes increases because inflammation in the body, including the mouth and gums, plays a role in the buildup of clogged arteries. Watt notes that compared to smoking and poor diet, the researchers are not claiming the heart-health risk is in the same league, however he said there is a relationship between brushing and heart condition. The study was published in the "British Medical Journal."