Brushing Your Teeth Could Prevent Heart Disease
Taking care of your gums by brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits could help hold heart disease at bay. Researchers have shown for the first time that as gum health improves, the progression of atherosclerosis slows to a clinically significant degree.
Atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of arteries through the build-up of plaque, is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and death.
Over a median follow-up period of three years, the researchers found that improvement in periodontal health— the health of the gums—and a reduction in the proportion of specific bacteria linked to periodontal disease correlated to a slower intima-medial thickness (IMT) progression, and worsening periodontal infections paralleled the progression of IMT. Results were adjusted for potential confounders such as body mass index, cholesterol levels, diabetes, and smoking status.
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