Healthy teeth 'can equal a healthy heart'

26 March 2012

People who choose to undertake a bad regime when it comes to caring for their teeth could be putting themselves at risk of suffering from heart problems.

Scientists from the Bristol University and the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin have highlighted this point at the Society for General Microbiology's conference.

The researchers pointed out that people who do not brush their teeth twice a day are allowing bacteria to loiter in the mouth.

As a result of this problem, blood clots could begin to form which could be life-threatening, while individuals are at an increased risk of developing infective endocarditis.

Professor Damien Walmsley, of the British Dental Association, commented: "The findings contribute to our understanding of the relationship between gum disease and heart disease. It also underlines the importance of brushing teeth twice a day."

Meanwhile, researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego have recently discovered a blood sample which could hold the means to better predict heart attacks in the years to come.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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