London: Here`s another reason to brushyour teeth at least twice everyday -- poor dental hygiene cansignificantly raise your risk of developing heart disease,say researchers.
Nurses also took information on medical historyand family history of heart disease as well as blood pressurelevels and blood samples. The subjects were then followed foran average of eight years. Of those involved, just over six out of 10 visitedtheir dentist every six months while 71 per cent said theybrushed their teeth twice a day. During the following eightyears, there were 555 examples of serious heart problemsincluding heart attacks. Of these, 170 were fatal. PTI
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