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Tooth loss and gum disease increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes.

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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