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How Does Brushing Your Teeth Twice A Day Saves Your Heart?

Here's how you can save your heart. I've included tips & advice from experts. This is for us all!


An interesting comment by yougotme in my hub Healthy Aging Increase Your Life Span, can be an eye-opener. It says "How brushing at least twice a day can actually indirectly increase life span...(an article he read in a magazine).

But how does brushing the teeth twice a day saves your heart actually? I thought a hub on this subject is well worth putting up.

What Exactly Does Brushing Your Teeth Do

Brushing your teeth cleans them from plaque. After you eat, those mucky pale yellow film all over your teeth contains bacteria that manufacture acids and destroy healthy tooth enamel.

Regular toothbrushing brushes away bacteria and plaque that saves the teeth from tooth decay. This is why it is recommended that both adults and children should brush their teeth twice a day – in the morning and before going to bed at night.


What Happens If You Seldom Brush Your Teeth

Rarely brushing your teeth develops a compound of carbohydrates, sugar, and bacteria that forms a sticky film called plaque.

Bacteria in the mouth break down sugar and other food particles left. This build-up forms a clear film plaque. The longer the plaque sticks to the teeth, the better its chances of making holes called cavities.

When bacteria accumulate in the mouth, they can also irritate the gums causing inflammation, bleeding, and eventually bad breath, gum issues, mouth ulcers, and heart issues. This common bacteria can break out into the bloodstream and form blood clots. When these clots travel to your heart, they increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

If you brush and floss every day, it helps remove plaque and bacteria that cause cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and of course, bad breath. Serious oral health conditions can also be avoided.

The American Dental Association (ADA) explains this more below:

Brushing the teeth not only removes plaque and prevents it from forming, but also helps protect the heart by reducing the number of bacteria entering your bloodstream. Since much of the plaque buildup occurs between the teeth, experts strongly encourage brushing the teeth at least twice a day as a healthy dental regimen.

Flossing helps eliminate plaque in hard-to-reach areas that brushing cannot catch, and rinses help keep the mouth smelling fresh. A co-hubber, Faceless39, has a hub on how to floss your teeth correctly. Learning would be helpful and fun.

What Dental Experts Say

1) In 2012, experts from the American Heart Association reviewed the conclusions that poor oral health hasn't been proved to cause heart disease — and that the treatment of gum disease hasn't been proved to lessen the likelihood of heart disease. Read more.

2) A study by the American Heart Association found that more than 100,000 people who had their teeth cleaned by a dentist have a 24% lower risk of heart attack and 13% lower risk of stroke as compared to those who never had a dental cleaning. Scientists have two explanations for this association. One is how bacteria can cause periodontal disease and release toxins into the bloodstream that form fatty plaques in the arteries. Read more.

3) The health risks of gum disease are not only linked to lots of health problems but in other parts of the body, as well. Despite this, only 1 in 6 people realizes an increased risk of stroke or diabetes, and only 1 in 3 is aware of the heart disease link. Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Carter, explains more here.


How Can You Prevent Oral Problems

1) Brushing

This is where brushing your teeth properly comes in - to help clean, freshen, and improve your overall oral health. Follow the suggested 2 full minutes brushing the teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Don't forget, brush your teeth twice a day.

2) Flossing

Other than conquering the surfaces of your teeth, plaque can also thrive in between them, under the gums, and on the roots of a tooth. Flossing helps plow, release, and lift plaque that has been stuck in the crevices and hard-to-reach sections of the teeth.

The best thing is to gently floss first prior to brushing. When grime and fuzzy films are removed from being embedded, brushing washes these particles from your mouth.

3) Mouthwash?

Yes. If flossing embeds dirt and brushing wash them away, rinsing with a good mouthwash kills bacterial. That is why most mouthwashes contain alcohol, menthol, and eucalyptol to make a good antiseptic. These ingredients are armies that can easily get into all parts of the teeth including the very back of your mouth.

4) Visit your dentist.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist and let him examine your teeth, gums, and mouth. Whether you agree or not, a dentist can help, all the time.

Not everyone likes a trip to the dentist. In fact, many people put less attention to the cavities and plaque. When issues occur, some may even treat it as a minor nuisance.

Are you among those who treat problems with your oral hygiene as something not as much of importance? Think twice, it can hurt your heart.

What Toothbrush Are You Using?

If brushing the teeth is essential to personal hygiene, brushing twice a day is proven helpful to the heart. It is one of the basic elements to a healthy lifestyle and overall beauty. Is your toothbrush perfect for you? Does it fit your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily?

Dental Essentials

Heart Care Essentials


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Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on December 14, 2014:

Stormy -- so nice to have you dropped by. I'm glad we've all learned how to basically take care of, not just our teeth, but the heart!:=) Now we can smile a lot! Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!:=)

Stormy on December 14, 2014:

Back in school, I'm doing so much leraning.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on October 16, 2012:

Barbs hello. Thanks for the inspiring words. I am happiest to be able to put up something that, like you said, to educate people about the connection between gum, tooth problems and the heart. Honestly, I just learned all about this when I did the hub. I even just started to practice the flossing habit. Thanks to you all too, we're learning together. Best of all!

Barbara Anne Helberg from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA on October 16, 2012:

@Tonipet...This topic certainly is worth doing a Hub to help educate people about the connection between gum and tooth problems and the heart.

The first time I was informed of this relationship of bacteria, I was skeptical, but since then I've learned more about the subject. Your Hub importantly reinforces what dentists have to say about correct hygiene. Nice share!!

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on August 26, 2012:

This is another wonder of how each detail of what we do everyday connects to our body and then our life. Me myself is thankful to our fellow hubber, yougotme... had it not with his comment, I would have not learned the need putting this hub up. Now that we're all aware.... :=)we can save our hearts! Thanks for reading nighthag.

K.A.E Grove from Australia on August 25, 2012:

I have never thought that these two things could be connected but now that I have read this it makes a lot of sence, a great thought provoking hub, great work!

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on August 24, 2012:

You're welcome Marlene. Me too learned from this, and we are lucky to be among those who can start spreading the word. It's for our heart, it's for life -- let's enjoy brushing the teeth twice a day everyday. Best wishes to you!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 24, 2012:

I never thought about it that way, that "tooth decay and gum disease can break out into the bloodstream which can form blood clots". That made it clear to me how important it is to keep the teeth and gums clean. Thank you for your very informative hub.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on August 23, 2012:

rajan jolly -- You bet how jolly your teeth are for such a very healthy habit of brushing them. Tiredness doesn't give any benefit. Your teeth will thank you! Appreciate your votes and sharing it on G+1. Best wishes!

jpmc -- you said it. Thanks, so glad you made it by. All the best and happy brushing to us all:=)

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on August 23, 2012:

Here's another good reason to brush!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 23, 2012:

tonipet, an excellently written article on the importance of brushing teeth. I make it a point to brush twice a day, no matter how tired I am. And I'm glad I do so, more so now that I know it benefits the heart.

Voted up, useful and awesome. Sharing this hub on G+1 and here.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on August 23, 2012:

Brushing and flossing -- glad we all give our hearts a chance to live longer now. Thanks too, for dropping by Sue. Your comments are appreciated. Blessings!

Sueswan on August 23, 2012:

A very useful and informative hub. I brush my teeth twice a day. I also try to floss once a day.

Voted up and interesting

Take care :)

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on August 12, 2012:

Yes spy, and its never late for us to do this habit twice a day. Thanks to a fellow hubber, yougotme, he started talking about this, and we all learned! Glad you made it by. Best of health too!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 12, 2012:

such informative hub! i never thought about this before! glad to know.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on July 09, 2012:

Hi EuroNinila,

So nice having you dropped by. Hope you're doing fine. Thanks for the votes.

Fotinoula Gypsyy from NYC BABY on July 09, 2012:

Great info! Voted up and useful!

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on July 08, 2012:

Hello kj_force,

Thank you and I agree with you. But no, I just learned of that corn leaves. One thing again -cleaning the teeth and freshening the mouth are another beautiful thing of long ago that we should inherit. You gave me another good hub topic :=) You're such a sweet force, so inspiring!

kjforce from Florida on July 08, 2012:

Tonipet.....very informative hub...thanks for sharing the word...

not enough people follow this rule..did you know years ago people used to chew on corn leaves to help remove the substance ( plaque ) on the teeth, followed by parsley to sweeten the breath...

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on July 08, 2012:

@p10kabjihita - I’m with you – not many people realize the consequences of neglecting dental hygiene. This has what sparked me to put this hub up. Thanks so much for reading and for the line of votes :=) Keep up!

@dreamer18 – yes it is. Your comment is really appreciated. Thanks for dropping by and have a warm Sunday.

Mhatter99 – Hi. So glad to have shared something very important, useful and helpful. Now that we know this, we all can save our hearts. Thank you for reading and best regards.

Elle64 - Like you, I do brush my teeth more than twice a day too, but was not as aware as how helpful it is to the heart. Putting an article on this has been helpful to me, as well. Good work on brushing your teeth twice a day. Thanks for dropping.

elle64 from Scandinavia on July 07, 2012:

Great info- I was not aware- but I do brush my teeth 2 times a day. Have a good Sunday.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on July 07, 2012:

Thank you for this. I didn't know this

dreamer18 from San Diego, CA on July 07, 2012:

Useful hub!

Abhijit Aswath from India on July 07, 2012:

Thanks for this useful hub..not many people realize the serious consequences that bad dental hygiene can have on the over all health..voted up, interesting and useful!

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