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BRUSHING TEETH THREE TIMES A DAY COULD REDUCE RISK OF HEART FAILURE, STUDY CLAIMS

But scientists say it is ‘too early to recommend tooth brushing for prevention of heart failure’, as more research is needed

A new study has claimed that brushing your teeth more than twice a day could reduce your risk of suffering heart failure by more than 10 per cent.

Researchers from the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea conducted an investigation to determine whether improved oral hygiene could be associated with a decreased risk of occurrence of atrial fibrillation – a health condition that causes an abnormally fast heart rate – and heart failure.

The team assessed more than 160,000 participants aged between 40 and 79, none of whom had a history of atrial fibrillation or heart failure, gathering their data from the Korean National Health Insurance System.

Having undergone a routine medical assessment between 2003 and 2004, which noted attributes including their height, weight, past illnesses, lifestyle and oral hygiene, the participants were all followed up for a median period of 10 and a half years.

The study, which was published in journal European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, found that three per cent of the individuals developed atrial fibrillation over the course of the study, while approximately five per cent experienced heart failure.

They concluded that brushing one’s teeth three or more times a day was associated with a 10 per cent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation and 12 per cent reduced risk of suffering from heart failure.

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BRUSHING TEETH THREE TIMES A DAY COULD REDUCE RISK OF HEART FAILURE, STUDY CLAIMS
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