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That may soon change, however, say researchers from the University of Illinois and Florida Atlantic University.
In a new study recently published in the American Journal of Medicine, researchers say a new toothpaste helped remove twice as much plaque from the mouth of 61 adults, reducing inflammation. Inflammation, if left untreated, can lead to more serious health conditions, such as a stroke or heart attack.
Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., senior author of the study, believes these findings could revolutionize how people treat–and stop–heart attacks in the future, as explained below:
“The observed reduction in inflammation among those assigned at random to Plaque HD® supports the hypothesis of a reduction in risks of heart attacks and strokes. This trial is important and timely because a positive finding would have enormous clinical and public health implications.”
For the study, researchers investigated the effects of a new toothpaste called Plaque HD, which purports to help people get rid of more plaque by turning bacteria green. This helps people focus their attention on any areas where bacteria proliferates.
A group of participants tested out this toothpaste as part of a experiment funded TJA Health, the toothpaste’s manufacturer. Alongside people given regular toothpaste, they used the product everyday for 60 days.
After the study, researchers measured the amount of dental plaque left of their teeth, which Plaque HD claimed to remove more of. Indeed, it worked–their findings showed that they had less plaque buildup on their teeth compared to those who used regular toothpaste.
Do You Really Need Toothpaste, Though?
Plaque buildup is commonly associated with a higher risk of heart disease and heart attack, so, theoretically, this could lower a person’s risk of developing either condition. That’s a fact Plaque HD inventor Lawrence Hier reiterates.
“I am pleased and inspired by these results which suggest that the use of Plaque HD® can help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes,” says Hier. “Plaque is dangerous and an enemy of dental and overall health. Dental plaque has long been suspected to be a contributor to heart attacks and strokes.”
However, other experts warn that the study’s findings shouldn’t be taken at face value. Although the research was accepted by a peer-reviewed journal, the toothpaste’s manufacturer helped fund the research, which may have skewed its outcome. Furthermore, it appears reducing plaque in any way led to a better outcome–and you don’t necessarily need a special toothpaste for that (there are mouthwashes and gum that also work).
A representative for NHS Choices says that your main focus should be on maintaining good oral health instead, something that naturally reduces plaque buildup on your teeth.
“Due to the considerable uncertainty around the methodology of the study it may be sensible not to put too much weight into considering the results of this industry-funded study,” they write. “Questions over this study do not mean that it’s not important to brush your teeth and reduce plaque, however. Good oral hygiene can prevent painful tooth decay and gum disease.”
Regardless of what method you use, here’s an important fact: Oral health matters. So make sure to keep those whites as pearly and clean as can be; a whiter smile leads to a healthier heart too.
Readers: What is your current teeth brushing routine?