Studies show that tooth loss can increase the risk of heart disease.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, February 04, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — A recent study indicates that losing teeth might be a risk factor for heart disease, Huntington Beach dentist Dr. Rassouli warns. According to the study, people who are missing some teeth are more likely to develop heart disease than those who are not missing teeth, even when they adjusted for other heart disease risk factors. This study further supports the theory that dental health and heart health are closely linked.
The study included more than 300,000 Americans between the ages of 40 and 79. More than a fourth of those who had no remaining teeth had heart problems compared with just 7 percent who had all their teeth. Their findings were presented in Dubai, UAE, at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Tooth loss can be linked to poor dental health or dental trauma, but it can also be related to other health issues. Researchers recommend treating both the tooth loss as well as the underlying cause of tooth loss as well as to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Other ways to reduce your risk of heart disease include:
• Knowing your risk factors
• Eating a healthy diet
• Engaging in physical activity regularly
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Avoiding tobacco
• Managing health conditions and using medication as prescribed
While lifestyle habits can help reduce a person’s risk of tooth loss, it is also important that patients practice good dental habits. Dr. Rassouli recommends personalized dental treatment plans to preserve dental health. These can include:
• Periodic cleanings and checkups
• Periodontal therapy
• Dental fillings or other restorations
• Full mouth reconstructions
• Orthodontic treatment
• TMJ treatments
• Same-day dentistry
Lost teeth can often be replaced with dental implants, dental bridges or dentures to ensure that patients can continue to eat and maintain a healthy diet and self-confidence.
About Dr. Rassouli
Dr. Rassouli is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he served on the Accreditation Committee and later on the board of directors for the school’s prestigious Century Club. He co-founded the South Coast Dental Academy, which provides advanced dental programs for dentists in the Orange County area, and uses the latest dental technology with his own patients to bring them the best in dental health and aesthetics.
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