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Brushing Your Way to a Healthier Heart: Insights from O Dental for dental health and well being

Updated: Apr 26


At O Dental, we've always emphasised the holistic connection between oral health and overall well-being. A fascinating study from the Scottish Health Survey underscores this relationship, revealing how regular toothbrushing can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This unexpected ally in heart health highlights the profound impact of oral hygiene on more than just your smile.


The Heart of Oral Hygiene:


The connection between brushing your teeth and heart health might seem surprising at first glance. However, the study, involving 11,869 participants, found a clear link: individuals who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a notably higher risk of cardiovascular events. This relationship held true even after adjusting for various lifestyle and health factors, showcasing the independent role oral hygiene plays in maintaining heart health.



Healthy Teeth= Healthy Heart
Healthy Teeth


Inflammation: The Hidden Culprit:


The bridge between your oral hygiene and heart health is inflammation. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, a chronic infection that elevates systemic inflammation, a known risk factor for heart disease. The Scottish study measured inflammation through markers like C-reactive protein and fibrinogen, finding higher levels in those who brushed their teeth less frequently. This connection suggests that maintaining good oral health can be a simple yet powerful tool to combat heart disease.


Embrace Comprehensive Oral Care with O Dental:


  1. Expert Cleanings and Examinations: Regular visits to O Dental for professional cleanings can prevent plaque buildup and gum disease, mitigating inflammation and protecting your heart.

  2. Personalised Oral Health Routines: Our team can provide tailored advice on brushing, flossing, and other practices to ensure you're getting the most out of your oral care routine at home.

  3. Advanced Gum Disease Treatment: For those already experiencing periodontal issues, we offer state-of-the-art treatments to halt the progression and reduce the risk of related heart problems.

  4. Nutritional Counselling: Because diet plays a significant role in oral and heart health, we provide guidance on foods that benefit your teeth, gums, and cardiovascular system.

The study from the Scottish Health Survey offers compelling evidence of the link between oral hygiene and heart health, highlighting an often-overlooked aspect of cardiovascular care. At O Dental, we're committed to providing comprehensive oral healthcare that not only ensures a beautiful smile but also contributes to your overall health, including your heart. Let's work together to brush our way to a healthier heart.






Healthy Teeth= Healthy Heart
Healthy Heart


Citation:

de Oliveira, C., Watt, R., & Hamer, M. (2010). Toothbrushing, inflammation, and risk of cardiovascular disease: results from Scottish Health Survey. BMJ, 340, c2451. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2451


Tables:


The following table is from the above cited article.


Cox regression models for toothbrushing and cardiovascular disease (CVD) events (fatal and non-fatal combined)
Cox regression models for toothbrushing and cardiovascular disease (CVD) events (fatal and non-fatal combined)


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