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Tooth Loss Can Affect Cardiovascular Health

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Tooth Loss Can Affect Cardiovascular Health.

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Caring for your teeth is not only important
for a healthy oral cavity but it is also the key to your heart
health. A six year follow-up study conducted in the U.S. has
shown a positive relation between periodontitis (an infection
that spoils gums and bone supporting the teeth leading to tooth
loss) and risk of coronary heart disease. People who were
diagnosed with periodontitis and had less than 10 teeth
remaining showed an increased risk of heart disease in
comparison to people with more than 25 teeth. Other factors
such as diet had a minor effect on periodontitis and risk of
heart disease.

Tooth Loss Can Affect Cardiovascular Health

Another research study has observed the risk
of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women with
periodontitis. It has shown that women who smoke, consume more
alcohol are more prone to the tooth infection. The development
of tooth infection is one of the major causes of cardiovascular
disease among postmenopausal women. Similar studies have shown
a positive relation between ischemic strokes (obstruction in
the blood supply to the brain) and tooth loss due to
infection.

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The reason behind this association is that
ischemic stroke and periodontitis share the same set of causes.
Common factors leading to these conditions are old age, high
blood pressure, smoking, Diabetes, cardiovascular history,
excess alcohol consumption and obesity. Although the
association between cardiovascular disease and periodontitis is
still under clinical trials, the latter is more prevalent in
smoking and Diabetes. Interestingly, both the causes are
strongly related to cardiovascular health and tooth loss due to
infection.

Source: Journal of the American Heart
Association

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