Brush Your Teeth.....I think i'll go brush mine now

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by werblessd1s, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. werblessd1s

    werblessd1s Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    How to avoid heart disease: brush your teeth, say scientists by Marlowe Hood
    Wed Sep 10, 7:16 PM ET

    PARIS (AFP) - Here's another reason to brush your teeth: poor dental hygiene boosts the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a pair of studies reported this week.

    Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide, claiming upward of 17 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization.

    Smoking, obesity and high cholesterol are the most common culprits, but the new research shows that neglected gums can be added to the list.

    "We now recognize that bacterial infections are an independent risk factor for heart diseases," said Howard Jenkins of the University of Bristol in Britain, at a meeting of the Society for General Microbiology in Dublin.

    "In other words, it doesn't matter how fit, slim or healthy you are, you're adding to your chances of getting heart disease by having bad teeth," the professor said.

    There are up to 700 different bacteria in the human mouth, and failing to scrub one's pearly whites helps those germs to flourish.

    Most are benign, and some are essential to good health. But a few can trigger a biological cascade leading to diseases of the arteries linked to heart attacks and stroke, according to the new research.

    "The mouth is probably the dirtiest place in the human body," Steve Kerrigan of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin said.

    "If you have an open blood vessel from bleeding gums, bacteria will gain entry to your bloodstream."

    Once inside the blood, certain bacteria stick onto cells called platelets, causing them to clot inside the vessel and thus decreasing blood flow to the heart.

    "We mimicked the pressure inside the blood vessels and in the heart, and demonstrated that bacteria use different mechanisms to cause platelets to clump together, allowing them to completely encase the bacteria," he said.

    This not only created conditions that can provoke heart attacks and strokes, it also shielded the bacteria from both, immune system cells and antibiotics.

    "These findings suggest why antibiotics do not always work in the treatment of infectious heart disease," Jenkins said.

    In separate research, a team led by Greg Seymour of the University of Otago Dunedin in New Zealand showed how other bacteria from the mouth can provoke atherosclerosis, a disease that causes hardening of the arteries.

    All organisms -- including humans and bacteria -- produce "stress proteins," molecules produced by conditions such as inflammation, toxins, starvation, or oxygen deprivation.

    One function of stress proteins is to guide other proteins across cell membranes.

    But they can also can latch onto foreign objects, called antigens, and deliver then to immune cells, provoking an immune reactions in the body.

    Normally, the body does not attack its own stress proteins.

    But bacterial stress proteins -- which are similar -- do trigger a response, and once that has happened the immune system can no longer differentiate between the two, said Seymour.

    "White blood cells can build up in the tissue of arteries, causing atherosclerosis," he explained in a phone interview.
  2. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Hadn't done that yet. On my way now....
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    WOW that does make sense...wonder why this wasn't thought of before.
  4. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    This is NOT new research and has been known by researchers for many, many years....

    Any type of inflammation in the body will start the clotting cascade. The human body does not specifically respond to injury in one area, the inflammatory response is systemic. Heart disease is pretty much a result of the body "overhealing" itself due to damaged blood vessels and sustained inflammatory response.

    There are many studies linking oral health to heart disease. A Google search should yield many of them.

    Thanks, werblessd1s for bringing it to folks' attention. Good oral health is important for more reasons than clean teeth and fresh breath.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2008
  5. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    This is especially true for people with diabetes.
  6. warcard

    warcard Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana
    Brush your dog's teeth too! :eek: [​IMG] The health implications are just as bad to them, if not worse.

    Just make sure to use doggie toothpaste, since they can't rinse and sometimes eat the paste. [​IMG] Just rubbing baking soda on their teeth with gauze can help if you don't want to buy the specialty paste.
  7. I make sure to brush mine 2-3 times a day. i also rinse 2x a day with Act foluride rinse. It helps alot with keeping your teeth cavity free.
  8. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    One word....YUCK!!!!
  9. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:Cats too, if they'll let you. I had one who had particularly terrible teeth and the vet was sure that it affected his heart. He died of congestive heart failure.
    I brush three times a day and floss every night. I feel icky if I don't!

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