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One doctor friend of friend told me: “What will you do when your friends or parents are affected by cardiovascular disease.? Won’t you run to modern medicine whom you criticize day and night?”

My answer: “I will make sure that such situations never arise. As a doctor, it is your duty too to educate citizens for preventive care. And once preventive care is followed, who really need Heart clinics?

One such preventive care for heart is – get rid of toothbrush at home. It is such a unscientific practice! One by one, all disadvantages are coming up. Which proves the power of marketing!

Poor oral hygiene is associated with higher levels of risk of cardiovascular disease and low grade inflammation, though the causal nature of the association is yet to be determined.

In Bharat, until arrival of toothpaste, toothbrush, oral health was very well taken care. There was hardly any heart disease patients!

Use combination of dant-manjan and datun.
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We Indians had various ways to clean to teeth. Not a single was repeated throughout they year. With every season, method of cleaning teeth changes. Sometime using twig, sometimes using powder (Dung ash or mango kernel ash etc) and sometimes sesame oil massage. Based on season, method changes.

What do we do now and teach our kids? Plastic brush and highly toxic paste. Is it modernity that we embrace at the cost of wise setup gifted in legacy?

Remember one thing – Our body is not car or machine which can be cleaned by dead plastic. Only body can clean body. So use your finger with powder or sesame oil or twig. That is what your body/teeth demand!

First time, journal respected and reputed in doctors and pharma community, reports that tooth brushing increases risk of heart and artery weakness that can results in cardiovascular disease .

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Toothbrushing is associated with cardiovascular disease, even after adjustment for age, sex, socioeconomic group, smoking, visits to dentist, BMI, family history of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diagnosis of diabetes. Our results largely confirm those of previous studies

http://www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c2451

Toothbrushing, inflammation, and risk of cardiovascular disease: results from Scottish Health Survey

Results There were a total of 555 cardiovascular disease events over an average of 8.1 (SD 3.4) years of follow-up, of which 170 were fatal. In about 74% (411) of cardiovascular disease events the principal diagnosis was coronary heart disease. Participants who reported poor oral hygiene (never/rarely brushed their teeth) had an increased risk of a cardiovascular disease event (hazard ratio 1.7, 95% confidence interval 1.3 to 2.3; P<0.001) in a fully adjusted model. They also had increased concentrations of both C reactive protein (β 0.04, 0.01 to 0.08) and fibrinogen (0.08, −0.01 to 0.18).

Conclusions Poor oral hygiene is associated with higher levels of risk of cardiovascular disease and low grade inflammation, though the causal nature of the association is yet to be determined.

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Gums need more massage than teeth. Shift your perception and save yourself from cardiovascular disease.

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