Less Headache If You Brush Your Teeth Better

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Researchers and experts have been saying for years that healthy teeth are a precursor to a healthy body.Various scientists use the mouth as a research object for studies of diseases in the human body. The mouth can give us a lot of useful information.

How often did your dentist have to sigh with you when he saw all that plaque on your teeth? How often have you had to hear from your mother that you should brush your teeth better? Better brushing your teeth ensures healthier teeth, that is clear. But did you know that with a clean mouth you might also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? The mouth can tell us a lot about diseases in the rest of the body, various scientists say. The mouth is hot!

Dental plaque

In a study on the effect of toothpaste that was published last week, scientists concluded that Plaque HD, a certain type of toothpaste, reduces plaque and inflammation in the body. The researchers measured the amount of 'C-reactive protein' in the blood before and after brushing. C-reactive protein is a protein that is released by the liver if an inflammation occurs in the body. This protein alerts the immune system to inflammation .

It turned out that people who brushed their teeth with Plaque HD had significantly less C-reactive protein in their blood. Atherosclerosis can occur due to inflammation . Arteriosclerosis, in turn, increases the risk of a heart attack. In this way it is possible that by brushing with Plaque HD, the chance of inflammation and therefore arteriosclerosis decreases, so that the risk of a heart attack is also less. It must be said, however, that there are still a number of question marks about the investigation. For example, the study is funded by the manufacturer who makes the toothpaste to be tested. Although this does not directly mean that the entire research is incorrect, we know that even the findings of scientists, or interpretations thereof, by the client are unknowingly can be influenced .


Molecular archaeologist Kirsten Ziesemer from Leiden University has been researching the relationship between dental plaque and body diseases for some time. Based on tartar from human skeletons, she tries to find out which diseases people must have had in the past. Ziesemer: "By studying the composition of the dental plaque, we can gain insight into the bacteria that have been in the mouth." This composition of good and bad bacteria shows whether there used to be many pathogens in the body or whether the body was in perfect health. Can specific diseases be identified on the basis of dental plaque? "At the moment we have identified the causes of gum disease and cavities with archaeological tartar," said Ziesemer.


And there is more. Research by American scientists shows that people with migraine have more bacteria in their mouth that convert nitrates than people who do not suffer from migraine. Nitrates are found in various types of food, such as processed meat and spinach. The bacteria convert the nitrates into 'nitrites'. The nitrites in the blood can then be converted back to 'nitric oxide', which causes headaches.

So could you get rid of migraine by brush your teeth better? Could you polish away the nitrate-converting bacteria with Plaque HD? Unfortunately, the research does not yet provide an answer.

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