Tooth loss, especially among the middle-aged, is never something to be taken lightly, but a study has found reason to believe that it increases the chances of being subjected to cardiovascular disease.
The research is interesting as it shows the impact of tooth loss on heart disease as being independent of other traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
These findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2018 scientific sessions on Epidemiology and Prevention / Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions conference. The preliminary research of the study indicated that middle-aged folks who lost two or more of their teeth had elevated chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
An eight-year study was conducted on a group of middle-aged individuals (45 to 69 years). The group was free from any cardiovascular conditions when the studies began and the researchers, through follow-ups and reports from the group, were to record the teeth they lost and document remaining natural teeth. The researchers found out that:
• Adults who began the study with 25-32 teeth and lost two or more during the study had a 23% increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those who had no tooth loss.
• Those who began with less than 17 natural teeth at the start of the study had a 25% increased chance of cardiovascular disease.
• Adults who lost only one tooth during the study period did not show any notable increase in the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
• Over all of the participants, there was 16% increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease among all the adults who had lost two or more of their teeth compared to those who had lost none during the stretch of the study.
• The researchers found that there was no difference in the chances between those with different body weight, fitness levels, or eating habits.
The results of the study show how necessary it is that medical care practicians pay attention to oral health, as this demonstrates a very strong link between tooth loss and heart disease. To reduce their risks of cardiovascular disease, patients should seek to maintain their teeth in addition to having a healthy diet, ensuring that their cholesterol levels and blood levels are checked from time to time, and by not smoking. We recommend scheduling regular cleanings and exams with Dr. Mills.