Toothache linked to heart attacks

April 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Toothache, Toothache Treatment

According to a new study of British Heart Foundation, treating and preventing gum disease (periodontitis) can reduce the risk of heart attack.

Brushing and flossing and preventing gum disease can be good for your heart and blood vessels. The study by British and US researchers found that dental treatments and good oral hygiene can help flow of blood through arteries.

“Previous studies have shown an association between periodontitis and blood vessel dysfunction heart attack and stroke” said by Professor John Deanfield from London Institute of Child Health. French researcher Dr. Nicholas Amabile while on the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Vienna, Austria said that patients with artery disease often had bad teeth caused by periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Due to the accumulation of plaque around the teeth, the gums become swollen, as the gums become irritated, they move away and pain feels when you eat hot cold or sweet food so untreated teeth loosen and fall out. Saliva is a key defense against bacteria and viruses, wherein saliva contains enzymes destroys bacteria in different ways. But harmful bacteria can sometimes grow out of control and lead to periodontitis, warned the doctors at the Mayo Clinic.

Amabile arrived at the conclusion that severe periodontitis can increase the risk of heart disease, after he and his team of French dentists and cardiologists studied 131 patients who were referred to their hospital in Marseille. To preserve good health, you must brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals or a snack. So make it a daily habit for you and improve the health of your heart at the same time!

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