TOOTH LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHER RISK OF HEART DISEASE
Adults who have lost teeth due to nontraumatic reasons may have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death of men and women in the United States, and previous studies have linked cardiovascular disease with oral disease. Oral disease is an inflammatory disease that frequently causes tooth loss due to the breakdown of periodontal tissue.
The percentage of people who had cardiovascular disease and were edentulous was 28 percent, compared to only 7 percent who had cardiovascular disease but did not have missing teeth. Edentulous participants were also more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, even after adjusting for other factors such as body mass index, age, race, alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes and dental visits.
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