How Missing Teeth Can Predict Cardiovascular Problems

We’ve long known that there is a tight connection between your dental health and your overall health and that both greatly impact each other. Your nutrition affects both your dental and overall health. Disease in your gums can be a result of larger health problems. Now, new research shows that missing teeth can predict cardiovascular problems later in life. An extensive cohort study, conducted by the University of Helsinki (Finland) in collaboration with The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), showed an association between tooth loss and future cardiovascular events, diabetes, and death.

From the research: “The number of missing teeth could be a useful additional indicator for general medical practitioners, when individual risk factors for chronic diseases are assessed, researcher John Liljestrand states. The manuscript is published in the Journal of Dental Research.

More than five missing teeth increased the risk for coronary heart disease events and myocardial infarctions as much as 140 %. More than nine missing teeth indicated an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases (51 %), diabetes (31 %) and death (37 %). Corresponding risks for edentulous subjects were 40-68 %. Traditional risk factors were taken into account in the statistical analyses. Adding information on missing teeth to established risk factors improved the risk discrimination of death.”

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of bleeding gums and tooth loss and can also be associated with cardiovascular disease. Noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, are the most common cause of death worldwide.

Missing teeth can be a tremendous burden. They can increase anxiety, decrease confidence and self-esteem, and can predict larger health problems, as shown by recent research. It’s incredibly important that folks with one or many missing teeth visit a dentist to get a diagnosis and obtain a comprehensive treatment plan.

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