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How Brushing Your Teeth Could Help Prevent a Heart Attack

Researchers have found that brushing your teeth with a special plaque-fighting toothpaste works almost as well as statin drugs in lowering inflammation markers that can lead to heart attacks, The Telegraph reports. Although the report doesn’t specify the specific type of plaque-fighting toothpaste researchers used, it does affirm the fact that good oral health can positively impact your heart health, according to The Telegraph.

These findings remind us that, while often overlooked, your dental health can have a significant impact on your overall health. Inflammation is known to be a disease-causing force leading to many chronic diseases, including heart disease. In fact, advanced gum disease can raise your risk of a fatal heart attack up to 10 times.

So, it’s a given that you need to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy. But before you grab that fluoride-plaque-protecting-antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste, first consider taking nutrients that support gum and oral health. Two important ones are vitamin C and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

Then avoid fluoride at all levels, including both in oral care products and in the water you drink. There is no evidence that fluoridated water results in fewer cavities; in fact, fluoride over-exposure from toothpaste, fluoridated water and other sources has led to a virtual epidemic of dental fluorosis. Also remember to floss daily because it removes bacteria that are the precursors of plaque, which if left to fester will turn into tartar that cannot be removed by regular brushing or flossing.
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