Are you a regular tooth-brusher and flosser? If so, you may be taking critical actions to prevent a heart valve infection – just by taking care of your teeth! This is according to recent research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Let’s take a closer look at the oral hygiene-heart health connection.
Can regular brushing and flossing prevent the heart valve infections? Yes, according to recent research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
In a study of nearly three hundred dental patients, researchers investigated the levels of bacteria that were released into the bloodstream during tooth brushing, a single tooth extraction with a placebo, and a single tooth extraction with a preventive antibiotic. Their results found bacteria in the blood more often with the two extraction groups than among the tooth brushers. However, the occurrence of bacteria from brushing was closer to the levels seen with extraction than was expected.
So, what’s the takeaway message? Make good oral hygiene a regular, non-negotiable part of your routine. Brush and floss at least twice a day (immediately after meals is ideal). Can’t brush? Swishing a cup of water around in your mouth and spitting it our will help remove some, but not all, of those bacteria-breeding particles.
Ensure Good Oral Health
For added oral health benefits, add these vitamins, minerals, and natural supplements to your health regimen:
Calcium. An essential building-block of healthy teeth, this mineral is needed on a regular basis by both children and adults to maintain healthy bone structure.
Green tea. Unlike herbal teas, green tea leaves contain fluoride and other natural compounds that work together to prevent tooth decay.
Bloodroot. Several studies indicate that this herbal supplement can reduce tooth plaque.
Bergamot. This herb contains thymol, an antiseptic compound that is a common ingredient in mouthwashes that fights tooth decay.
And of course, be sure to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and exams to ensure that you dental health efforts are effective!