For decades, research has suggested a link between oral health and inflammatory diseases affecting the entire body — in particular, heart attacks and strokes.
In a random study recently conducted by Florida Atlantic University, researchers find that a novel plaque identifying toothpaste (Plaque HD®), can strongly reduce risks of heart attacks and strokes. The finding is published in American Journal of Medicine.
In the study, participants received a 60-day supply of toothpaste containing either Plaque HD® or an identical non-plaque identifying toothpaste.
Their inflammation throughout the body was accurately measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), a sensitive marker for future heart attacks and strokes.
The result showed that people who used Plaque HD® had significant reductions in dental plaque and inflammation throughout the body.
Researchers suggest that while the findings on reducing dental plaque extend a previous observation, the finding on decreasing inflammation is new and novel.
Plaque HD® is the first toothpaste that reveals plaque so that it can be removed with directed brushing.
In addition, the product’s proprietary formulation contains unique combinations and concentrations of cleaning agents that weaken the core of the plaque structure to help people visualize and more effectively remove the plaque.
Based on these findings, researchers are drafting a research grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This large-scale study will test whether Plaque HD® reduces risks of heart attacks and strokes.
The study will be conducted in the Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WiNHR) and the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN).
News source: Florida Atlantic University.
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