HIDDEN TOOTH INFECTIONS MAY PREDISPOSE PEOPLE TO HEART DISEASE
According to a new study, an infection of the root tip of a tooth increases the risk of coronary artery disease, even if the infection is symptomless. Hidden dental root tip infections are very common. Such infections are usually detected by chance through X-rays.
Acute coronary syndrome is nearly three times more common among patients with untreated teeth in need of root canal treatment than among patients without this issue. Dental root tip infection, or apical periodontitis, is a bodily defense reaction against microbial infection in the dental pulp. Tooth decay is the most common cause of dental root tip infection.
Cardiovascular diseases cause more than 30 percent of deaths globally. Measures should be taken to prevent or treat oral infections, as they are very common and often asymptomatic. Root canal treatment of an infected tooth may reduce the risk of heart disease.
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