Brush Your Teeth and Avoid Heart Disease

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The British Medical Journal reports that people who do not practice good dental hygiene are at increased risk for heart disease. Gum infections seem to add to the inflammatory burden on individuals, increasing cardiovascular risk, the researchers say, Webmd reports.

This BMJ study is now part of a growing body of evidence linking poor dental hygiene with increased risk of systemic disease, says Dr. Whelan.

Stier adds, "This study is far from conclusive as to cause-and-effect but it's still good advice: Like your mom said, brush your teeth after every meal, and don't forget to floss."