SEOUL: Brushing teeth frequently is linked with lower risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, according to a new study.
Tooth brushing three or more times a day was associated with a 10 percent lower risk of atrial fibrillation and a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure during a 10.5-year follow up, the research added.
The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, enrolled 161,286 participants of the Korean National Health Insurance System aged 40 to 79 with no history of atrial fibrillation or heart failure.
“We studied a large group over a long period, which adds strength to our findings,” said study author Tae-Jin Song of Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea.
Previous research suggests that poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body.