Fit over 50 Update — Thrice-daily tooth brushing?

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write:

Your dentist and dental hygienist can have a positive influence on your physical, emotional, and relational health. The connection between oral health and overall health is clear in multiple studies. As one insurance company writes, “From heart disease to diabetes and oral cancer to premature births, dental care has an impact on total health and well-being.”

Fit over 50, Essential #10, Your Healthcare Team, page 86

A just-released study confirms our advice and adds a recommendation to brush three times a day!

Newsweek reports, “Brushing one’s teeth at least three times a day was linked with a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure, and 10 percent lower chance of developing atrial fibrillation,” researchers concluded after studying some “161,286 people in Korea who had no history of heart problems,” who were followed up at the ten-year mark “to see if they had developed heart problems.”

The study revealed that “brushing one’s teeth at least three times a day was linked with a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure and a 10 percent lower chance of developing atrial fibrillation.”

The findings were published online in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

We’ ve got tons of simple tips on becoming more highly healthy in our book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. Order Fit over 50 here.

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