NEW YORK – Brush your teeth twice a day and keep the doctor away, at least for heart disease this advice will be very helpful to you, a new study revealed.
Researchers from University of Florida’s College of Medicine found, failing to regularly brush your teeth could leave you at risk of a heart attack.
Scientists have found that the bacteria that cause gum disease can spread in the blood stream to the heart and aorta, the largest artery in the body.
Irina Velsko, a graduate student at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine who presented the findings of the new study at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, said: “We report evidence that introduction of oral bacteria into the bloodstream in mice increased risk factors for atherosclerotic heart disease.
“Our hope is that the American Heart Association will acknowledge causal links between oral disease and increased heart disease.
Although previous studies have shown links between gum disease and heart disease, it was thought this could be simply a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle and a high sugar diet.