Bad Gums Link to Heart Disease

27 Apr 2015

Using an oral topical get to reduce inflammation of the gums could also prevent vascular inflammation, according to a new study that claims to be the first to demonstrate this finding.

“Our researches helping to underscore the very real link between oral health heart disease,” says lead investigator Dr Hatice Hasturk, an associate member of Forsyth’s Department of Applied Oral Sciences and director Forsyth’s Centre for Clinical and Transnational Research in Massachusetts.

“The general public understands the connection between heart health and overall wellness, often takes appropriates steps to prevent heart disease,” says Hasturk.” More education is needed to elevate oral wellness into the same category in light of proven connections to major health conditions.”

Study authors say it’s time to add oral health to smoking, cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes as something to consider when it’s a question of the heart. 

In 2013, a study of heart disease patients found that their gum inflammation was reduced after being treated with high-dose statins. 

“Periodontitis and atherosclerosis are both primarily driven by inflammation,” said Ahmed Tawkol, co- director of the Cardiac Imaging Trials Programme at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and co-author of the study.

“These inflammatory conditions tend to co-exist within individuals and their biologies may be intertwined.” Last year, a research team that worked with  Aboriginal Australians found that topical gum disease treatment significantly reduced the thickness of their arterial walls.

Dr Michael Skilton of the University of Sydney said the effect of using gum anti-inflammatory gel was comparable to a 30% drop in lo-density lipoprotein cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol).

Artical source:  The Sun

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