- Study links gum disease with heart disease and diabetes
- Regular dental treatment can cut the risk of heart disease
- Risk markers also include ‘bad’ cholesterol, blood
sugar, blood pressure and waist circumference.
20:59 EST, 22 March 2013
21:01 EST, 22 March 2013
Losing your teeth could signal a higher risk of suffering heart disease and diabetes, warn researchers.
A new study links fewer teeth and bleeding gums with a range of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Experts say getting gum disease treated with a dental check-up every year could cut the risk of developing heart disease.
Dentists say that gum disease has links with those who have high cholesterol as it causes inflammation in the bloodstream
Previously, researchers found poor dental hygiene and bleeding gums could allow up to 700 different types of bacteria to get into the bloodstream, which increases the risk of a heart attack regardless of how fit and healthy the person is.
Gum disease causes bad breath, bleeding gums and, if untreated, cavities, receding gums and tooth loss after bacteria or plaque settles between teeth and under the gumline.
It has been linked to chronic health problems including heart disease, thought to be caused by inflammation into the bloodstream.
In the first study of its type, Swedish researchers looked at patients with chronic coronary heart disease taking part in a drugs trial and examined their dental health.
At the start of the study, 15,828 study participants from 39 countries reported their remaining number of teeth, classified as: none, 1-14, 15-19, 20-25 or 26-32, and frequency of gum bleeds: never/rarely, sometimes, often or always.
Around 40 per cent of patients had fewer than 15 teeth and 16 per cent had no teeth, while one in four reported gum bleeds.
Cardiac risk markers also went up as the number of teeth dropped, including ‘bad’ cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and waist circumference
For every fall in the number of teeth recorded, the study found increasing levels of an enzyme that increases inflammation and promotes hardening of the arteries.
Other cardiac risk markers also went up as the number of teeth dropped, including ‘bad’ cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and waist circumference.
Patients with fewer teeth also had more chance of having diabetes, with the odds increasing by 11 per cent for every fall in the number of teeth category.
Bleeding gums were associated with higher levels of bad cholesterol and blood pressure.
The study was carried out at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Professor Robin Seymour , a member of the Simplyhealth Advisory Research Panel (ShARP) which is backed by the healthcare provider, said although several studies have proposed a link between dental and heart health, there was little data on gum disease in patients with diagnosed heart disease.
He said it was unclear how gum, or periodontal, disease affected heart health.
One possibility is that oral bacteria entering the bloodstream may activate the immune system, making artery walls inflamed and narrowed, or attach directly to fatty deposits already present in the arteries which causes further narrowing.
Prof Seymour said generalised body inflammation might cause both conditions, or gum disease might be the trigger for cardiovascular disease.
He said ‘What is clear is that people can reduce their risk of periodontal disease by regularly visiting the dentist.
‘Check-ups and treatment for periodontal disease may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. As a result, it is vital for people to go through basic periodontal screening at least once a year so that a thorough inspection of periodontal tissues can be achieved.’ An Australian study last year found women with gum disease took an extra two months to get pregnant compared with women with healthy teeth and gums.
It took around seven months on average for women with poor oral hygiene to conceive, but just five months for those who brushed their teeth properly.
Other researchers found a link between high levels of dental plaque, or bacteria, and cancer death up to 13 years earlier than expected.
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So your headline statement of a “causal link” becomes a mere “association” by the end of the story.
Idiocracy, United Kingdom,
After my first pregnancy i ended up with about 4 cavities from perfectly healthy teeth/diet and taking care of them..eating prenatal vitamins like candy…by my third child i had over half my mouth full of cavities…during the past few years i have been called a druggie and meth mouth…never done meth in my life. Glad i got all but 6 pulled though, no pain and no poison.- tassy, Norman, United States ———————————————- Hormones in pregnancy can cause dental problems, it was the reason all pregnant women used to qualify for free dental care under the NHS, I’m not sure if they still do.
What is really sad is the governments Medicaid and Medicare pay for people under the age of 18 to have everything from teeth removed to full dental checkups to dentures….while those 18 and over are only allowed emergency tooth removal….cause yea i see a lot of people 18 and under needing dentures…its like they don’t realize if they don’t help those with bad teeth over the age of 18 it will catch up with them and cause more medical problems in the long run that they in turn will have to pay for.
And don’t always judge a book by its cover….i was born with a calcium and enzyme deficiency and didn’t know it. After my first pregnancy i ended up with about 4 cavities from perfectly healthy teeth/diet and taking care of them..eating prenatal vitamins like candy…by my third child i had over half my mouth full of cavities…during the past few years i have been called a druggie and meth mouth…never done meth in my life. Glad i got all but 6 pulled though, no pain and no poison.
Norman, United States,
Most stories in the media are depressing. I am starting to wish the world would end so I will be put out of my misery.
New study? I think you’ll find people have know about this for many years!
East Midlands, United Kingdom,
Better tell Jezza Kyle then he has plenty people on his show like this !!!!
jog the one and only
FACT – none of us will get out of this life alive and there are no rewards for dying with all your teeth and a trim waist!
Nottingham, United Kingdom,
How odd, the last study I read from the American Association of Cardiologists ruled out any links between gum and heart disease. There’s also the possibility that exposing the body to bacteria helps develop a resistance, but to be on the safe side simply have all your teeth removed and wear dentures.
Nothing new in this. It has been known for years.
Guildford, United Kingdom,
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