The Gum Disease / Heart Disease Connection


 

A new study in Finland reported in the Journal of Dental Research links gum disease and heart disease.

"It is well documented that there is some correlation between poor oral health in the form of periodontal disease and coronary heart disease".

The American Dental Association newsletter, Mouth Healthy reports "a statement by the American Heart Association says many studies show an as-yet-unexplained association between gum disease and several serious health conditions, including heart disease, even after adjusting for common risk factors. "

 

The Mayo Clinic reports "...many studies have shown a connection between gum disease (periodontitis) and other serious conditions, including heart disease. Research suggests that periodontitis is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease..."

"It is well documented that there is some correlation between poor oral health in the form of periodontal disease and coronary heart disease".

Does a healthy mouth equal a healthy heart? More and more, the research says "yes."

 

Healthline reports the American Dental Association and American Heart Association have acknowledged the relationship between gum disease and heart disease.

"The risk of developing cardiovascular disease increased 23 percent for people who have lost or have had pulled two or more teeth in their lifetime; and 16 percent more for those losing two or more teeth during middle age," according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2018

A European Society of Cardiology study found that periodontal disorders such as tooth loss and gingivitis have been identified as a potential risk marker for cardiovascular disease.

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