Research suggests recent tooth loss in middle age could be linked to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. Good oral health including regular check-ups with a dentist can reduce the risk.
– Cardiovascular disease, including strokes and coronary heart disease, remains the main cause of death worldwide.
– Poor oral health could serve as a marker indicating cardiovascular disease.
– Research suggests the increased risk is independent of other causes such as poor diet and smoking.
The scientists conclude that their results suggest “that among middle-aged adults, a higher number of teeth lost in the recent past may be associated with subsequent risk of [coronary heart disease], independent of the baseline number of natural teeth and traditional risk factors.”
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