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Monday, June 14, 2010

Jessica Simpson is in trouble....

Not that this is fresh news, but a large study was conducted in the UK ( Scotland, more specifically), and it looked at the specific risk factor of tooth brushing and cardiovascular disease (which can lead to strokes/heart attacks).  It was found that people who do not brush at least twice a day, have a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those who do not.  The study took into account family history of heart disease, lower socioeconomic status, age, sex, body mass index, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and physical activity.  Despite all of those factors being taken into account, it still showed that less frequent trips to the dentist for proper cleanings (i.e. longer than 6 months between visits) and less than twice a day brushing can significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by causing a state of chronic inflammation in the oral cavity and increasing the bodies inflammatory markers in the blood.  This can cause a build up of atherosclerosis, thus increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.  This can also effect the breakdown of lipids (fats) in the body and lead to a build-up of lipids in the body.

This is not to say that, for example (because she came out a few weeks ago stating that she only brushes her teeth once or twice a week), Jessica Simpson will definitively get cardiovascular disease, BUT she is at a much higher risk.  Brushing less than twice a day is a risk factor just like smoking, sedentary lifestyle, eating a high fat diet, etc.

So, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene, and really encourage oral hygiene for your children too.  This is another way that children learn from examples of their parents, and if they earn it is part of their daily routine as a child, then they will continue on as adults.  You all may be happy to know that Jessica Simpson's mom told the press that she is going to reiterate with Jessica the importance of oral hygiene- I know I will sleep better at night now ;)

And, as a shout out for my dentist buddies out there, please floss too!!  I know that sometimes it can seem quite laborious, but it really only takes an extra minute or so, and it is crucial to oral hygiene. So, keep brushing and flossing your way to a long healthy life!

Yours in Good Health

B

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