Written by Dentistry Today Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:01
A new study by researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan ties tooth loss with a higher risk for strokes.
The research indicates that people with fewer than 24 teeth are 60 percent more likely to have a stroke. Strokes result from a disruption in the blood supply to one’s brain.
To conduct their research, the people at Hiroshima University put together a group of 358 patients. Among the people studied, there was a correlation between tooth loss and a higher risk for strokes. It was also concluded that stroke patients that were in their 50s and 60s had fewer natural teeth that the patients who had other health issues.
These stroke patients also did not have as many teeth as the average person in their 50s, according to the study.
If a person has fewer than 24 teeth, he or she is much more likely to have a stroke when compared to people with at least 25 teeth.
This isn’t the first study that demonstrates a relationship between good oral health and being healthy overall. This information should reinforce to people how important it is to brush routinely, floss regularly and do everything else required to maintain solid oral health.