Losing one or more teeth can cause a person to suffer a heart attack or stroke, new studies show. Dentist Adrian Mina explains how this can happen.
Several studies recently conducted by researchers show that adults who lose their teeth for non-traumatic reasons are more likely to develop severe heart disease. In the world, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men.
Frightening, however, is the fact that the specialists link the appearance of the heart diseases with the diseases at the oral level, more precisely with the inflammatory disease that causes the loss of the teeth due to the breakdown of the periodontal tissue.
“The causal association between oral disease and cardiovascular disease is as real as possible. The study was conducted over five years and showed that patients who lost their teeth due to reasons unrelated to possible traumas suffered are more prone to cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, angina, or stroke,” explains the dentists.
The study included 316,588 participants aged between 40 and 79 years. 8% of them had no teeth, and 13% had cardiovascular disease. The percentage of people who had missing teeth and suffered from cardiovascular disease was 28%, compared to only 7% who had cardiovascular disease but did not have missing teeth.
“If a person’s teeth simply fall, there may be other health problems. People who suffer from such things must receive proper medical care to prevent diseases that lead to tooth loss in the first place, which is a way to reduce the risk of future cardiovascular disease,” recommends the dentist.
It seems that tooth loss for no reason can lead to other severe conditions, as the dentist tells us.
“With each tooth lost, there is an increase in the level of a harmful enzyme that leads to inflammation and hardening of the arteries, as well as the level of bad LDL cholesterol, blood glucose level, and blood pressure. People with missing teeth also have a higher chance of suffering from diabetes,” add the researchers.