Study Reveals That Tooth Loss Leads To Heart Disease

Tooth Loss

Researchers have found that adults who have lost teeth due to without any physical injury might have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

If a middle-aged person’s teeth fall out, there is an indication of other underlying health concerns. Dentists should be recommending that people in this age group should receive adequate oral health care to prevent the forthcoming problems which are tooth loss in the first place and another way of reducing risk of future cardiovascular disease said by lead author Hamad Mohammed Qabha, MBBS from Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in his research.

Though, the linkage between oral disease and cardiovascular disease is not well known, so researchers carried out a study in which they had conducted a secondary analysis of the 2014 Behaviour Risk Factor Surveillance System in which they had looked at tooth loss not caused by trauma, and cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, angina and stroke.

This study included 316,588 participants from the US and territories between the ages of 40-79.

Out of all 8 percent were edentulous (had no teeth) and 13 percent had cardiovascular disease.

It was quite disgusting to see that the percentage of people who had cardiovascular disease and were edentulous was 28 percent, compared to only 7 percent who had cardiovascular disease but did not have missing teeth.

Tooth loss participants, those who had reported having one to five missing teeth or six or more, they are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, even after balancing for other factors such as age, race, alcohol consumption, smoking, body mass index, diabetes, and dental visits.

This study was presented at the 10th Emirates Cardiac Society Congress along with the ACC Middle East Conference 2019 together on October 3-5 in Dubai.

Studies have shown that dental health problems, such as periodontal disease and tooth loss, are the after-effects of inflammation, diabetes, smoking, and unhealthy diets, it was laid by author Lu Qi, M.D., Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Tulane University in New Orleans in his study.

Previous research has also found that dental health issues are also associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease said by Lu Qi. Tooth loss in the people who were in there middle ages was possibly due to inflammation, but it hasn’t been clear how this later-in-life tooth loss might influence cardiovascular disease risk.

In a collaborative research study amongst Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Tulane University School of Public Health, Qi and colleagues & Tropical Medicine, analyzed the impact of tooth loss in adults, aged 45 to 69 years, in which participants had reported recent tooth loss. The researchers prospectively said with the passage of time say about 8 years the incidence of cardiovascular disease arose amongst people with tooth loss.

They found:

  • Adults with 25 to 32 years had natural teeth at the start of the study, with the passage of time those who lost two or more teeth had a 23 percent risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to those with no tooth loss.
  • The increased risk of tooth loss occurred was reported due to unhealthy diet quality, low physical activity, increased body weight and other cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • It was found that there wasn’t any increase in cardiovascular disease risk among those who reported losing one tooth during the study period.
  • However, cardiovascular disease risk increased by 16 percent amongst those who lost two or more teeth during the study period, compared to those who didn’t lose any teeth.
  • Adults having less than 17 natural teeth, in comparison to 25 to 32, at the study’s start, were 25 percent more at risk to have cardiovascular disease.

There was a close association between dental health and risk of disease, the findings suggested that middle-aged adults who had lost two or more teeth in recent past could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease said by Qi.

The gist of the study is that tooth loss in middle age can signal elevated cardiovascular disease risk, adults can take precautions to reduce the increased risk of CVD.

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