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Not brushing teeth 'boosts heart disease risk'

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Brushing your teeth twice a day could be one of the simplest methods of reducing the risk of developing heart disease, experts have said.

New research led by Professor Richard Watt of University College London found that people with bad oral hygiene have a 70 per cent greater chance of developing heart disease than those who follow standard dentistry advice and brush at least twice a day.

Writing up their findings in the British Medical Journal, the team revealed that their research had shown that those people with poor teeth and gums also tested positive in blood samples for proteins.

This is indicative of inflammation and suggests that there is a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease and even heart attacks or strokes.

Commenting on the findings, Judy O'Sullivan, senior cardiac nurse at British Heart Foundation, stated that could well be the case that people who neglect their oral health are also less likely to follow a good diet or enjoy regular physical activity.

According to the charity's own figures, some 2.6 million people within the UK are living with coronary heart disease.

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Dentistry news update: 29 May 2010