Dental Problems

Brush Your Teeth Correctly to Avoid Heart Disease

Because of the hectic life style in today’s world, you may not get time for brushing your teeth properly. In a hurry to complete the process, you may use excessive force on the surface of the teeth and the gums. This may leave your gums bleeding. A research study was conducted (dated September 2008), at the University of Bristol and the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, to understand how habit of brushing teeth and heart disease are related. At end of the study, Researchers have to say that ” Brush your teeth correctly to avoid heart disease”. This article tries to gain further insight.

Knowledge Gained from the Research:

  • According to Dr Steve Kerrigan, the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, our mouth is the dirtiest place in the body.
  • There are 700 different types of bacteria in the mouth.
  • They can enter in the blood stream when you do not brush your teeth correctly and cause the gums to bleed.
  • The blood contains a component called platelets.
  • They help in clotting of the blood in wounds.
  • The bacteria on entering the blood, get attached with the platelets.
  • It causes clotting of the blood in the pathways which lead to the heart.
  • In this way, the blood flow, to and from the heart gets blocked.
  • This leads to the possibility of heart attack.
  • Professor Howard Jenkinson from the University of Bristol, also support that Bacteria infection is a risk factor to Heart attack from his research.
  • Researchers are now trying to understand how the bacteria gets attached with the blood platelets.
  • They have learnt that the bacteria use different techniques each time they get attached with the blood platelets.
  • This causes the body’s protection system to get confused and it fails in killing these bacteria.
  • The medicines available are not competent enough in fighting with the bacteria.
  • It is because the bacteria develops the ability to effectively fight against the medicines quickly.
  • A complete knowledge about this process can lead to development of new therapies to fight this threat.
  • Researchers say that untill a therapy is available, brush your teeth correctly and be aware of the risk factors.

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