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Tooth decay in middle age increases risk for CVD

To find out about the risks, Qi and his team had monitored participants who were aged between 45 to 69 years.

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A recent report by the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention says that the tooth decay can be related to CVD risk. This report tells that losing two and more teeth in the middle age can be linked to the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. The study which is related to the problems like tooth loss, periodontal diseases can be caused by inflammation, smoking, diabetes, and unhealthy diet.

Lead author of the study Lu Qi, MD, PhD from Tulane University in New Orleans and colleagues says,“Previous research has also found that dental health issues are associated with elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. However, most of that research looked at cumulative tooth loss over a lifetime, which often includes teeth lost in childhood due to cavities, trauma and orthodontics. Tooth loss in middle age is more likely related to inflammation, but it hasn’t been clear how this later-in-life tooth loss might influence cardiovascular disease risk.”

Tooth decay in middle age increases risk for CVD

To find out about the risks, Qi and his team had monitored participants who were aged between 45 to 69 years. Those middle age people who have 25 to 32 natural teeth found to lose two and more teeth which had increased the risk for 23 percent of CVD for them, in comparision to those who haven’t lost a single tooth. The study also found the people at 25 percent higher risk of CVD who has 17 natural teeth.

“In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. That’s regardless of the number of natural teeth a person has as a middle-aged adult, or whether they have traditional risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, such as poor diet or high blood pressure,” Qi added. Stay tuned to us for more feeds and updates like this.

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