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Poor oral health ‘increases heart disease risk’

17th April 2015

People with poor oral health are significantly more likely to develop heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Forsyth Institute discovered a definite link between the bacteria that causes oral infections and the onset of cardiovascular problems, triggered by the inflammation involved in the former.

Inflammation is a prevalent factor of both dental conditions and heart disease, meaning it is vital that people look after their teeth well to prevent themselves from suffering further health problems.

Lead author of the study Thomas Van Dyke commented: "Given the high prevalence of oral infections, any risk they contribute to future cardiovascular disease is important to public health."

He added that it is important that alternative therapies are explored for treating oral health conditions, as some over-the-counter drugs can have side effects affecting the heart.

Studies have also shown that periodontal diseases may increase a person's risk of stroke, particularly among men, as well as younger people.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801784035-ADNFCR

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