Clean Your Teeth To Help Prevent Heart Disease

I am very passionate about finding simple actions you can take to help nourish your health and wellness. So today when I read in a news posting that researchers from Scotland had found an association between oral hygiene and heart disease and they offer one simple guideline brush your teeth well twice a day. I knew this is worth sharing.

If you are curious as to what is the relationship between oral hygiene and heart disease Judy O’Sullivan from the British Heart Foundation sums up nicely the relationship by saying “if you don’t brush your teeth, your mouth can become infected with bacteria which can cause inflammation” and according to Dr. Watt (one of the scientists involved in the study) “the inflammation problems in the mouth can start to effect other areas of the body including the heart”.

To make sure the journalist was not exaggerating the results of the research I sought out and found the original article in the British Medical Journal. This is the Citation identifier BMJ 2010;340:c2451 and here is the link to tooth brushing, inflammation and risk of cardiovascular disease. I read the abstract and indeed the BBC were quoting correctly what was found in the study.

So as Dr. Watt concluded there is an association in poor oral hygiene and increased risk of cardiovascular disease although a causal link has not been yet determined.

Clearly, brushing your teeth twice a day is a really good idea to keep your health strong and avoid the stress of heart problems.  They did not mention the importance of flossing your teeth in the research but I am sure that must be important too.

So I am off to the washroom again just to make sure I did a good job last time.

Happy brushing,


P.S. I also read recently that as a global population we throw out a lot of tooth brushes each year. Now I believe in reusing them for cleaning bike spokes, corners around the bath tub but I also think that it is worth checking into the following options for more earth friendly toothbrushes (i.e. less waste at the end of the life cycle) just to see what is out there in the market place. Here are some links for your information:

Eco-Dent Replaceable Head Toothbrush

Radius Tooth Brush + Refill

Ekotec Toothbrush Replaceable Head

SMILE BRITE Replaceable Head Toothbrush