[Reported by Cai Jingqian]How to prevent cardiovascular disease? In addition to reducing salt and exercising more, new research has found that toothbrushing habits are also closely related to heart health. Brushing your teeth well before going to bed is good for your heart. On the contrary, if you don’t brush your teeth, your mouth will be full of bacteria, and you may even suffer from periodontal disease. These bacteria may cause continuous inflammation in the body, and even invade the human body, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
A study published in the internationally authoritative journal “Scientific Reports” took 1,675 inpatients and dental outpatients at Osaka University Hospital and divided them into “brushing once in the morning and once in the evening” and “brushing teeth only in the evening”. There are four groups: “Brush your teeth”, “Brush your teeth only in the morning”, and “No brush your teeth” to conduct an in-depth study of the relationship between tooth brushing habits and heart health. Studies have found that brushing your teeth is extremely important in preventing heart disease.
Research shows that compared with other groups, those who “brush their teeth once in the morning and once in the evening” and “brush their teeth only in the evening” have higher survival rates. Not only do these two groups have the highest proportion of brushing their teeth after lunch, but their blood levels of “brain brushing” are also higher. There is also more “natriuretic peptide (BNP)”, which is a physiological hormone that is beneficial to the heart, which means that the hearts of these two groups may be healthier.
What the two groups have in common is “brushing your teeth before going to bed”, so we know that brushing your teeth before going to bed may be beneficial to heart health. If you are too lazy to brush your teeth at night, it may lead to an increase in bacteria, deterioration of the oral environment, increased inflammatory symptoms and infection risks in the oral cavity, and thus increase the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
Interestingly, the study also found that the reason why many people do not brush their teeth at night is because they are “too tired to brush their teeth” after drinking alcohol at night. This shows that dental health may also be related to drinking, but it still needs to be done. Further research explores the relationship and significance between these factors.
No matter how tired you are, you still need to brush your teeth before going to bed!Brushing three times a day reduces the risk of atrial fibrillation and ischemic heart disease by 10% and 12%
No matter how tired you are, it is best to brush your teeth before going to bed. Genzo Yamashita, a lecturer at Osaka University Dental Hospital, once analyzed that there are about 800 species and more than 1 billion bacteria living in the oral cavity. If oral hygiene is poor (such as for patients with periodontal disease, etc.), bacteria may invade the bloodstream from inflamed gums and bones.
Generally speaking, even if bacteria enter the blood, they will be quickly eliminated by immune cells such as macrophages. However, patients with immune abnormalities, patients who have just undergone surgery and are in poor physical condition, the elderly, or those with heart rate regulators or artificial valves Patients may develop bacteremia and be at risk of diseases such as infective endocarditis.
In contrast, brushing your teeth well can reduce the risk of heart disease. According to the health education data of Japan’s Sandō Dental Hospital, the European Society of Cardiology conducted a study on 161,286 people in 2019. The study found that compared with people who only brushed their teeth 0 to 1 time a day, those who brushed their teeth 3 times a day People with second teeth and above can reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation by 10% and ischemic heart disease by 12%.
In addition, many other studies have found that through correct tooth brushing habits, not only heart disease, but also lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension can be reduced. This is because periodontal bacteria produce inflammatory substances that keep the patient’s body in a state of micro-inflammation. These minor inflammations may lead to various chronic diseases.
Japanese dental expert Naoda Kumagai once suggested that when brushing your teeth, you should first brush your teeth in the following order to ensure that tartar can be completely removed:
Starting from the “inside” of the left upper molar, slowly brush to the right to the right upper molar.
Brush from the “inside” of the lower molars on the right side back to the left side.
Starting from the “outside” of the left upper molar, slowly brush to the right to the right upper molar.
Brush from the “outside” of the lower molars on the right side back to the left side.
Dentist Huang Weijia of Liangpin Dental Clinic was once reminded by the media that when brushing your teeth, you should only brush a maximum of 2 teeth at a time, and brush the same area at least 15 times to clean the teeth. In addition, don’t forget to use dental floss to remove plaque from between the teeth.
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