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Predicting Future Cardiovascular Events By Missing Teeth

Advanced tooth loss can often indicate that a person has a history of inflammatory oral diseases. In an extensive cohort study, carried out by the University of Helsinki (Finland) in collaboration with The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), an association was found between tooth loss and future cardiovascular events, diabetes and death. Lead researcher John Liljestrand suggests that the number of missing teeth could be a useful additional indicator for general medical practitioners, when individual risk factors for chronic diseases are assessed. The results of the study showed more than five missing teeth increased the risk for coronary heart disease events and myocardial infarctions as much as 140% and more than nine missing teeth indicated an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases (51%), diabetes (31%) and death (37%). Journal of Hepatology, June 5, 2015, doi.10.1016/j.jhep.2015.03.032