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How brushing your teeth could help prevent a heart attack

Woman at the dentist GETTYPeople using the special toothpaste were able to remove twice as much plaque
Irmina Pasquarelli | 21 Ottobre, 2016, 07:29

Researchers found that people using the special toothpaste were able to remove twice as much plaque than those using a normal toothpaste and their levels of inflammation also fell by 29 per cent. Statins lower inflammation by around 37 per cent.

The study carried out at Florida Atlantic University gave participants the same instructions on how to brush their teeth and either a 60-day supply of Plaque HD, which reveals plaque so that it can be removed with directed brushing, or a regular toothpaste.

A specially-formulated toothpaste that flags where plaque is on the teeth could help prevent heart attacks, a new study has found.

Professor Dr Charles Hennekens said: "While the findings on reducing dental plaque extend a previous observation, the findings on decreasing inflammation are new and novel".

Those using the disclosing toothpaste reduced their plaque levels by 49 per cent compared with 24 per cent for the control group. "You get the benefit of better oral health and potentially big heart benefits too", he said, according to The Telegraph.

It also helped to reduce inflammation levels by 29%, which is nearly the same kind of reduction achieved by statins (37%) that are used to lower cholesterol.

"I think this could have policy implications for tens of millions of people alongside statins, aspirin, and beta blockers and other agents that help lower cardiovascular disease", said Prof Hennekens.

'The distinguishing thing in my mind about this is that it is a fairly simple thing to do and yet it could have a big impact.

Inflammation is measured by the high sensitivity C-reactive protein, a marker for heart attacks and strokes.

The team now wants to trial the toothpaste on more people with heart disease, to see if it can prevent heart attacks and strokes.

He added how his father, a dentist, had told him even before he went to medical school, that dental health may affect heart attacks and strokes.

In the accompanying editorial titled Can a Toothpaste Reduce Heart Attacks and Strokes, cardiologist Dr Joseph Alpert noted the importance and timeliness of these findings.

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