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How Tooth Loss and Heart Health Are Connected

Posted on 7/20/2018 by Office Manager
How Tooth Loss and Heart Health Are ConnectedWhile losing a tooth is never a good thing, you should know that it can be associated with the risk of heart disease. Of course, this risk is increased when you already have diabetes or high blood pressure, you're overweight or you're addicted to smoking.

What Studies Show About Tooth Loss and Heart Health's Connection

Researchers have analyzed data from about 16,000 people. They provided the researchers with information about how many teeth they have and how often their gums bled. About 40% of these people had less than 15 teeth, 16% had no teeth, and 25% suffered from bleeding gums.

Researchers discovered that for every decrease in the number of teeth there was an increase in the number of harmful enzymes that are responsible for inflammation and hardening your arteries. With fewer teeth there was also an increase in heart disease risk markers such as "bad" LDL cholesterol, higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a larger waist size. This was also associated with more gum bleeds.

There was also an 11% increase in the likelihood of developing diabetes. It's also interesting to note that smokers also seemed to lose more teeth.

Protecting Your Teeth and Heart Health

Unfortunately, not even the researchers themselves understand the association between tooth loss, gum health, and heart health. Doctors are still looking into whether periodontal disease causes coronary heart disease. However, there's enough evidence of a causal relationship existing that you should stand up and take notice.

This could be due to systematic inflammation caused by bad oral bacteria invading your arteries and causing coronary plaque. In this case, you can clearly see how your dentist plays an important role in your health. With this in mind, you don't want to shirk your routine visits to our office. Instead, you should call and plan one today.
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