Regular Teeth Cleanings May Reduce Risk for Heart Attack or Strokeby Drucilla Dyess,

A trip to the dentist at least twice a year can help to reduce the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke. These are the findings of a group of researchers from the Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. The study findings were recently presented at the annual meeting of American Heart Association (AHA) in Orlando, Florida.

For the latest study, the researchers followed more than 100,000 people having no history of heart problems or stroke for an average of seven years. Among the participants were over 51,000 adults who had received at least one professional cleaning, and a group of similar number who had received no professional cleaning.

Study findings indicated that among participants who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least twice yearly for two years, the risk for heart attack was decreased by 24 percent, and the risk for stroke was reduced by 13 percent, when compared to those who had their teeth cleaned by a professional once every other year, or not at all.

Keeping your heart healthy involves controlling risk factors including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight, in addition to getting sufficient exercise and refraining from smoking. Adding bi-annual teeth cleanings to your heart health list may also be beneficial, and will definitely promote a more dazzling smile.

For the detailed article go to Health News.

Comment: The importance of cleaning teeth was emphasized by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) almost 1500 years back. The research needs to be done yet on “Regular use of miswak prevents building up of plaque and also keeps the gums healthy”.

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  1. Regarding MISWAK, studies indicate that Salvadora persica extract (Miswak) is somewhat comparable to other oral disinfectants and anti-plaque agents like Triclosan and Chlorhexidine Gluconate.

    1.A 2003 scientific study comparing the use of Miswak with ordinary toothbrushes concluded that the results clearly were in favour of the users who had been using the Miswak.

    2.The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the use of the Miswak in 1986.

    3.Dr.Diabi, who spent more than 17 years researching the effects of Miswak on health, and especially its anti-addiction effects on smokers (curative and preventive sides) has opened a field of science and research with his last publication: “Miswak Medicine Theory.”

  2. Chewing of high-fiber foods and staying away from sweets such as caramel may be other important factor for the healthy teeth and gums thus healthy cardiovascular condition with prevention of stroke and cardiac disease.

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