Researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health have shown that good oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits) slows the progression of atherosclerosis. This study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Scientists believe that bacteria in the mouth may contribute to atherosclerosis in several ways. For instance, animal studies have shown that bacteria in the mouth may trigger an immune response and high levels of inflammatory markers, possibly initiating the inflammatory aspect of atherosclerosis.
We encourage you to keep up with your oral hygiene to keep your body (and especially your heart) healthy and happy!