A new study adds another way to keep your heart safe and healthy: taking care of your teeth. The researchers of the study found that some of the common oral infections that were caused by bacteria in the mouth were linked to cardiovascular diseases. Some of the most common types of oral infections include cavities as well as periodontal diseases such as periodontitis and gingivitis. These two are chronic inflammatory diseases that slowly destroy the supporting structure of more than one tooth.
Thomas Van Dyke, senior author of the Forsyth Institute, affiliated with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, said, “Given the high prevalence of oral infections, any risk they contribute to future cardiovascular disease is important to public health”.
Inflammations play an important role in oral infections as well as cardiovascular diseases. Van Dyke added that, “Unraveling the role of the oral microbiome and inflammation in cardiovascular disease will likely lead to new preventive and treatment approaches”.
There is significant amount of epidemiological evidence that supports a link between oral infections, especially periodontitis and stroke, especially in men as well as younger adults. Inflammation plays an important role on both cardiovascular as well as gum diseases.
Over-the-counter non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, however, can produce many cardiovascular side-effects, implying that it is crucial for other alternative forms of treatments to be found.
Dr Dyke recommends that people take care of their teeth so as to potentially lower their risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as other health problems.
The findings of this study have been published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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