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Dr. Amit KalariaEmergency Medicine

Why should I brush my teeth?

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Some studies show that brushing your teeth well twice a day may decrease your risk for heart disease
Not brushing your teeth properly can cause periodontal disease which is an inflammatory condition that affects the gums and bone. It is suggested that this may contribute to heart disease
Periodontal disease may cause your gums to recede from your teeth which can create pockets for bacteria to grow
This bacteria can travel in your bloodstream and affect the arteries and valves causing damage which can contribute to a heart attack
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Some argue that those who take the time to care for their teeth live a better lifestyle which in turn decreases the risk of heart disease, however more research is needed to determine how brushing can reduce the risk of heart disease
In the meantime, brushing properly is crucial to your overall health and at the least will reduce the likelihood of developing cavities and having to endure an unnecessary visit to your dentist