A study done by the University of Helsinki found an association between tooth loss and cardiovascular events, diabetes, and death.
The study found:
• “More than five missing teeth increased the risk for coronary heart disease events and myocardial infarctions as much as 140 %.”
• “More than nine missing teeth indicated an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases (51%), diabetes (31%) and death (37%).”
The research has shows a link between tooth loss and cardiovascular health. Tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontitis. When the gum recedes, the tooth becomes loose and can fall out.
It turns out that taking care of your teeth and gums could help keep your overall health in check.