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

We can save our hearts. 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 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 forming holes called dental cavities, a condition that can lead to tooth loss.

When bacteria accumulate in the mouth, they can also irritate the gums causing inflammation and bleeding. 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 your teeth everyday, it helps remove plaque and bacteria that cause cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Since serious oral health conditions can also be avoided, it helps protect the heart by reducing the number of bacteria entering your bloodstream.

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

What Dental Experts Say

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.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Carter explained how the health risks of gum disease are linked to lots of health problems. 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. source


How Can You Prevent Oral Problems

1) Brush your teeth.

Follow the suggested 2 full minutes of brushing. Using toothpaste with fluoride is strongly recommended as it helps harden tooth enamel, the calcium covering that keeps the teeth strong. Fluoride consists of calcium that strengthens weak spots in the teeth. protects against enamel erosion, and reverses early tooth decay.

  • A pea-sized amount of toothpaste is all your need.
  • Brush in a circular motion, reaching the inner, upper and lower teeth.
  • Repeat on the chewing surfaces using a light backward and forward motion.

2) Floss regularly.

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 films are removed from being embedded, brushing washes these particles from your mouth. If you're not comfortable with dental floss, try a Floss Pick. It has a handle and a curved center to help you work in between and behind the back teeth. Use the other end as a toothpick.

A co-hubber, Faceless39, has a hub on how to floss your teeth correctly.


3) Mouthwash?

Yes. If flossing embeds dirt and brushing washes them away, rinsing with a good mouthwash kills bacteria. 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.

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Regular use of mouthwash can reduce cavities from forming. It freshens your breath by washing out odor-causing bacteria. Since tartar formation is reduced, you're giving your teeth the chance to gleam. People who smoke need a good mouthwash to clean all areas inside the mouth.

Try this!

Mix a little amount of toothpaste and water and form a foam in your mouth. Briskly swish all over your mouth and then spit it out with no further rinsing. This practice can back up ordinary brushing by freshening the breath.

4) Limit sugary and acidic foods.

Too much consumption of sugary foods like cookies, candy, fruit juices, and carbonated drinks can lead to permanent damage to the teeth. Sugar from the food you eat produces acids that dissolve the minerals in your tooth enamel causing it to erode. This exposes the teeth to sensitivity and eventually the start of holes or cavities.

Avoid brushing after consuming acidic foods. Acids create a softening reaction on the tooth and the rubbing process of the toothbrush on the softened enamel can initiate damage. Wait for about 30 minutes to allow the production of saliva that can wash away acids in food debris.


5) Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco.

Smoking exposes your teeth to nicotine causing them to turn yellowish or get stained. The excessive harmful substances in tobacco also affect the saliva flow in the mouth forcing it to host more plaque along the gum line. When this plaque is not properly removed, it hardens into tartar that requires professional cleaning.

If you're a smoker, it makes you three to six times at risk of gum or periodontal disease. Even smokeless tobacco can attack the roots of the tooth. It can irritate and cause gums to loosen around teeth, giving way for bacteria to settle in and develop decay.

6) Visit your dentist.

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.

Protection from possible heart disease and stroke has been seen in people who got their teeth cleaned at least once a year. A dentist can diagnose oral diseases and help you create dental treatment plans to maintain oral health.

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 one of the basic elements of 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?
  • If the bristles easily fray, you might be brushing too hard.


Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on February 27, 2016:

Hello Annah. Thanks to your friend and to that program. I bet that is worth sharing as well, esp for those who smoke. Goodluck to you Annah, so nice of you dropping by. Hugs from me! :) -Tonette

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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