Brushing Your Teeth May Reduce Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack

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Columbia University Medical Center Research Illustrates Connection Between Periodontal Disease and Atherosclerosis

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A new study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center provides the most direct evidence to date that preventing gum disease could significantly improve your chances of avoiding vascular problems.

The study, which appears in the February 8 edition of the American Heart Association's publication Circulation, shows that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from atherosclerosis: a narrowing of blood vessels that can lead to stroke or heart attack.

Previous studies have suggested a relationship between periodontal disease and vascular disease, but they have relied on surrogate markers for periodontal disease, such as tooth loss or pocket depth.

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