People who brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste can lower their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a study claims.
The research reveals regularly brushing teeth for enough time can decrease the risk of developing heart problems by three times.
The American study, which examined the tooth-brushing habits of nearly 700 adults, investigated the risk of having or dying from a heart attack, heart failure or stroke.
It also highlighted the likelihood that poor oral health can lead to poor general health and wellbeing in other areas of the body.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, said the study adds to the growing scientific evidence that there a strong link between the health of our mouth and that of our body.
“For many years, gum disease has been linked with conditions like strokes, diabetes, dementia, and pregnancy outcomes. These are all serious conditions that could impact on a person’s quality of life,” he warned.