Middle Age Tooth Loss Tied to Cardiovascular Disease
The research world has been more of a gift to humankind through its revelations as the years go by, as it gives information on crucial matters that have been a burden to many for a long time.
During the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2018 scientific sessions on Epidemiology and Prevention/ Lifestyle and Cardio Metabolic Health conference, researchers presented information from a recent study illustrating how the loss of two or more teeth among the middle-aged can lead to an increase in the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
The findings of the research are yet one more reason why the dental health of a patient is vital, as it can lead to more health problems if left unattended to.
The researchers chose an eight-year duration to do their research and gather information. The study focused on middle-aged individuals, ages 45 to 69. The participants reported on their dental health during the eight-year period, with the researches recording any tooth loss in addition to the remaining number of natural teeth. None of the participants had cardiovascular disease at the outset of the study.
The study found a significant increase in the chances of heart disease for all participants who lost two or more teeth during the eight years.
• Those who started with 25 to 32 teeth saw a 23% increased risk
• Those with less than 17 teeth at the start had a 25% higher risk
The research found that the risk factor was the same, regardless of whether or not the participant exercised regularly, had healthy eating habits, and low body fat. On average, those who lost two or more teeth saw a 16% increase in their risk factor, while those who lost one or fewer teeth had no noticeable risk change.
The findings of this research have given us yet another reason to urge everyone to take care of their teeth. It’s another major health factor when it comes to preventing disease, along with eating habits, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, and smoking.