Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk Of Heart Disease

April 23, 2018

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You would only think the loss of teeth means you'll have to get fitted for dentures but new research shows an alarming connection between tooth loss in middle age and increased likelihood of heart disease and stroke. A study of nearly 61,000 adults aged between 45 and 69 showed those who lost two or more teeth had a higher chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who didn't lose any teeth, regardless of diet, cholesterol or weight.  Losing only one tooth during the study was not associated with a higher risk of the disease but those who already had fewer than 17 natural teeth at the beginning of the study were 25% more likely to develop it. The researchers did not suggest how tooth loss and heart disease were linked, but experts have said in the past that bacteria could travel from infections in the mouth into the bloodstream and cause inflammation in blood vessels, which is associated with heart disease. More reason to make sure you (and the kids) are brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss dally and visit your dentist regularly.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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