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Brushing teeth regularly ‘can be life-saving’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

New research conducted at the University of California in the US has highlighted the impact a good oral health routine can have on levels of general health.

The study, which followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period, showed that only brushing once a day or less could lead to a greater risk of developing dementia.

British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter claimed that this indicates that brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes could potentially save lives.

He said: “Following a good oral health routine is pivotal in the prevention of gum disease, which has been found to be associated with a number of other life changing illnesses including, heart attack, stroke and diabetes.”

Most people suffer from some form of gum disease at some point in their lives and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

It is caused by plaque, which is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day and is only cleared by a thorough oral health routine.

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