Brush Your Teeth

Perhaps one of the least known tips for preventing <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEPHC00000140" title="Heart Failure (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/heart-failure-%28inactive%29-HEPHC00000140.topic">heart failure</a>, consistent teeth brushing (twice a day, with dentist visits every six months) can prevent <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAI0000026" title="Heart Disease" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/heart-disease-HEDAI0000026.topic">heart disease</a>.  <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2010/05/toothbrushing-heart-disease-inflammation.html">Researchers</a> found that people who reported less frequent brushing had a 70% higher risk for heart failure, linking positive chemical markers of inflammation in the blood.  The overall risk of heart disease as it's related to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDNT00006" title="Dental Health (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/dental-health-%28inactive%29-HEDNT00006.topic">dental hygiene</a> is still relatively low.

( Mike Siegel / January 25, 2011 )

Perhaps one of the least known tips for preventing heart failure, consistent teeth brushing (twice a day, with dentist visits every six months) can prevent heart disease. Researchers found that people who reported less frequent brushing had a 70% higher risk for heart failure, linking positive chemical markers of inflammation in the blood. The overall risk of heart disease as it's related to dental hygiene is still relatively low.

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