Tooth loss and gum disease increases the risk for heart disease and
A new study from the
Uppsala University in Sweden indicates tooth loss and gum disease increases the
risk for heart disease and diabetes. Missing teeth increases the levels of a
certain harmful enzyme that has been shown to raise the risk of inflammation
and hardening of the arteries. The risk increased for each missing tooth and
there also seemed to be a corrilation to high blood pressure, bad cholesterol
and the circumference of the waist. Each missing tooth also made the person 11
percent more likely to develop diabetes.
Swedish researchers analyzed
data from nearly 16,000 people in 39 countrie. About 40 percent of the
participants had fewer than 15 teeth and 16 percent had no teeth, while 25
percent reported gum bleeds.
"Whether periodontal disease actually
causes coronary heart disease remains to be shown. It could be that the two
conditions share common risk factors independently," Dr. Ola Vedin, from the
department of medical sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden, said in an ACC
news release. "Those who believe that a causal relationship exists propose
several theories, including systemic inflammation, the presence of bacteria in
the blood from infected teeth and bacteria invading coronary plaques."
The best way to avoid any possible health effects from poor oral health
is to floss at least once a day, to use your toothbrush after every meal a day
and have regular preventative hygiene visits at Longmont Dental Health.
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