Middle-aged tooth loss and an increase in cardiovascular risk – a link has been established in new research.

The American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention – Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions in 2018, found that the loss of just a couple teeth in middle age could be inked to an increased cardiovascular disease risk.

This research focusing on tooth loss, which was a collaboration between Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, focused on adults ranging from 45 to 69 years old.  The participating adults firstly had to report the natural teeth they had, then in a follow-up report, they had to reveal any recent tooth loss.  At the onset of these studies, none of the participant had cardiovascular disease.

The focus was on tooth loss during an 8 year period.  Researchers found that, of the participants that had 25 -32 natural teeth at the beginning of the research, those that lost two or more teeth during that period experienced a 23% risk increase for cardiovascular disease compared to those that experienced no tooth loss.