Poor toothbrushing habits linked to heart disease

1 March 2019

Just 2 minutes twice a day could have life changing benefits as new study links poor toothbrushing habits to heart disease.

A new study presented during the 2018 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions suggested that brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes may reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Numerous studies have established a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, but few have looked specifically at whether toothbrushing habits are associated with this group of conditions. Researchers examined over 650 participants, and found that those brushing less than twice a day for less than 2 minutes at a time had a 300% increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The Oral Health Foundation has responded by stressing the importance of taking care of your oral health, stating that the benefits of good oral hygiene go far beyond the mouth.

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