I was just reading a piece published in the Dental Tribune.
According to research recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology , the study with more than 15,000 patients from 39 countries, found that “levels of tooth loss were linearly associated with increasing death rates”.
This was the first study to assess the relationship between tooth loss and outcomes in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD).
Compared with those with all of their teeth, the group with no teeth had a 27 percent increased risk of major heart problems, 85 percent increased risk of death due to heart condition, 81 percent increased risk of all-cause death and 67 percent increased risk of stroke.
Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss. The inflammation from gum disease is thought to trigger the atherosclerotic process and may explain the associations observed in the study. Poor dental hygiene is one of the strongest risk factors for gum disease.
The findings of this study comes as no surprise given that people who have many missing teeth suffer experience the following chain of events:
As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“. Most cases of gum disease of tooth loss is readily preventable or manageable with appropriate professional help and healthy habits.Back to Blog
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