Are you said since you are tiny: need to brush their teeth! But this is not only to protect cavities. This daily gesture can save lives! Regular brushing would protect your arteries and limit the risk for cardiovascular disease.
Until then considered little harmful oral bacteria may be much more insidious, causing inflammation of the arteries.
Bacteria that have a grudge against your arteries
Several studies had already suggested a link between the onset of cardiovascular disease and infections of the walls oral1 or tooth loss2. But some of them among the most recent appeared to have cast doubt on this hypothesis3.4. While the medical community is on the teeth, a large5 study funded by the national Institute of American Health (NIH) led by Professor Desvarieux attempting a definitive answer.
These researchers evaluated the number of bacteria present in the mouth of 667 people, and at the same time, by Ultrasound-Doppler the thickness of the carotid artery leading the blood from the heart to the head. This examination to detect atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by a thickening and hardening of the arterial wall.
They found that people with the highest presence of four specific bacteria, were those that had the thickest artery walls. This relationship was independent of other variables known to increase cardiovascular risk (age, diabetes, smoking, obesity, etc.).
It was thought until then these germs that caused some gingivitis and other gum problems. But more problems receding, these stowaways could therefore prove to be much more sneaky. Even more than these bacteria6 abound in case of poor brushing.
Inflamed gums, swollen arteries!
How to connect these bacteria infection in atherosclerosis? The relationship between the two phenomena would be the inflammation. The bacteria may enter the bloodstream, and so travel throughout the body. The immune system then identifies them as intruders and would trigger a local inflammation at the level of the arteries, which swell and thicken the walls.
Would this phenomenon of atherosclerosis be able to only lead to myocardial infarction or stroke? For the moment, it is a matter that is difficult to answer. But it is expected to again review the participants of this study, to note the progression of atherosclerosis.
Skeptics have the hard tooth and note that for the time being, it cannot know if it is not the circulatory problems that arrived first and resulted in a proliferation of bacteria… In this case, should be rather protected his heart to keep beautiful teeth. But let’s face it, however, that it is the first hypothesis that currently holds the attention of specialists.