London: Regular dental hygiene visits and taking preventive measures to maintain good oral hygiene can help prevent conditions that can lead to a stroke, research has revealed.A team from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan has found that getting teeth "deep cleaned" can dramatically reduce the chances of developing atrial fibrillation - an irregular heartbeat, which is one of the major stroke risk factors.Even dental scaling done just once a year seemed to have a powerful protective effect.People suffering atrial fibrillation have a faster than normal heartbeat, which may cause tiny blood clots which break up and travel towards the brain, triggering the stroke.
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