Missing Teeth & Cardiovascular Health
Since you’ve been visiting the dentist as a child, you’ve been aware that oral health is important; but recent studies have been linking good hygiene to more than just a nice teeth. A study done by the University of Helsinki found an association between tooth loss and cardiovascular events, diabetes, and even death.
The study, which encompassed 8,446 subjects, ages 25-75, produced two major finds:
1. “More than five missing teeth increased the risk for coronary heart disease events and myocardial infarctions as much as 140 %.”
2. “More than nine missing teeth indicated an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases (51%), diabetes (31%) and death (37%).”
The research has shows a link between tooth loss and cardiovascular health. Tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontitis. When the gum recedes, the tooth becomes loose and can fall out.
It turns out that taking care of your oral health could help keep your overall health in check. Haven’t had your second checkup this year? Schedule a visit with Dr. Philip Messer’s office in Randolph, NJ today!