Saturday, June 22, 2024
HomeMedicineCardiologyCan oral care prevent heart disease?

Can oral care prevent heart disease?

Recent research shows a correlation between brushing teeth and heart health.

Heart diseases also known as cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are one of the leading causes of death globally.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 17.9 million people die each year due to heart disease. Heart diseases are often referred to as conditions that cause the narrowing of or dysfunction of the blood vessels involved in supplying blood and oxygen to vital organs in the body.

In a study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers found a link between brushing teeth and heart health, specifically, the two heart conditions known as atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF).

The researchers conducted a cohort study comprising 161,286 participants from the Korean National Health Insurance System with no history of atrial fibrillation, heart failure, or any other heart conditions.

Participants aged between 40-79 years underwent a routine medical exam between 2003-2004 and their weight, height, lifestyle questionnaire, laboratory tests, and blood pressure were recorded.

Frequent teeth brushing is associated with reduced risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure

Of these participants, 3% (4911) developed atrial fibrillation, and 4.9% developed heart failure over a median follow-up of 10.5 years. The study reported that frequent teeth brushing (three times or more) reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation, by 10%, and heart failure, by 12%.

This research highlights the significance of oral hygiene in the prevention of heart conditions, however, the underlying mechanisms require further study.

It is important to note, that this study was limited to only one ethnic group and did not collect data regarding the number of dental visits by participants.

References:

Cardiovascular diseases. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.who.int/health-topics/cardiovascular-diseases/#tab=tab_1.

Chang, Y., Woo, H. G., Park, J., Lee, J. S., & Song, T.-J. (2019). Improved oral hygiene care is associated with decreased risk of occurrence for atrial fibrillation and heart failure: A nationwide population-based cohort study. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 204748731988601. doi: 10.1177/2047487319886018

Escardio. (n.d.). Brush your teeth to protect the heart. Retrieved from https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/esoc-byt112619.php.

Image by Bruno Glätsch from Pixabay

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News and Articles

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS

Stay Connected
10,288FansLike
820FollowersFollow
249FollowersFollow
2,787FollowersFollow

Article of the month

Vitamin D as an Anti Colorectal Cancer Agent in 2024 – a Review of the Evidence

Vitamin D has a protective effect against colorectal cancer, but it is patient and population dependent.According to the WHO, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the...

Joke Of The Day – June 23

If you can read a prescription that you got from a doctor, be careful! Maybe it was not a real doctor…

ADVERTISE WITH US

error: Content is read-only and copy-protected.