Brushing twice a day keeps heart disease away


Chronic infections of the tooth-supporting tissues (periodontal disease) can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease elevates the inflammatory status of the body and this increases the individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease, such as atherosclerosis.

The recent Scottish Health Survey concluded that individuals with poor tooth brushing techniques have a raised level of inflammation and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This valuable information emphasises that good oral hygiene not only promotes good oral health but also promotes good general health.

Can My Teeth Get Whiter by Brushing?

Brushing your teeth can help make them appear whiter by removing surface stains and preventing plaque buildup. However, it doesn’t change the natural color of your teeth or remove deeper intrinsic stains. For more noticeable teeth whitening results, consider products with bleaching agents or professional treatments.

Your dental health professional may refer you to a periodontist for the management of periodontal disease. A periodontist is a specialist dentist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infections of the tooth-supporting tissues.

Source: BMJ 2010; 340:c2451

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