Friday, September 7, 2007

Tooth loss linked to higher heart disease risk

Tooth loss linked to higher heart disease risk - Yahoo! News
"...A number of studies have suggested that gum disease may contribute to heart disease over time -- though it's still not clear that there is a cause-and-effect relationship...those with a large number of missing teeth in young adulthood -- nine or more -- were one-third more likely to die of heart disease than their peers with fewer than five missing teeth...Scientists speculate that the bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease may enter the bloodstream and either damage the blood vessel lining directly or trigger inflammation in the body that then contributes to heart disease..."Our study adds to the evidence that chronic infection -- oral or elsewhere in the (body) -- may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases," and women with the most severe tooth loss as college students were 35 percent more likely to have died from heart disease than those with four or fewer missing teeth..."

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