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  1. Tooth loss indicates heart disease

    The Times of India
    Friday, August 1, 2003

    Washington - A new study published in rapid access issue
    of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association says
    that tooth loss caused by gum disease may be an indicator
    of cardiovascular disease.

    ''To our knowledge, this is the first paper to identify a
    relationship between tooth loss and subclinical
    cardiovascular disease,''says lead investigator Prof
    Moise Desvarieux, of the University of Minnesota,

    According to him, preliminary findings from the Oral
    Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study
    (INVEST) suggest a link between tooth loss and
    subclinical atherosclerosis -the symptomless build-up of
    artery-clogging plaque in the carotid arteries, the
    vessels that feed the brain.

    It was found that the prevalence of carotid plaque
    increased with the number of missing teeth. Among those
    missing 0-9 teeth, 45 per cent had carotid artery plaque.
    About 60 per cent of those with 10 or more missing teeth
    had plaque build-up in the vessels.

    Desvarieux notes that many of the participants with
    periodontal disease also have other risk factors for
    cardiovascular disease, such as smoking, poor diet and
    low levels of physical activity.

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