UK researchers have found gum disease to be associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular and autoimmune disease. The findings build on a growing body of research linking poor Oral health with broader chronic disease.
Joht Singh Chandan, co-first author on the new study said that the poor Oral health is extremely common, both here in the UK and globally. When Oral ill-health progresses, it can lead to a substantially reduced quality of life.A number of epidemiological studies in recent years have detected associations between periodontal disease and other illnesses. Hypertension in particular has been frequently linked to poor Oral health but studies have also found connections between gum disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
An average of three and half years of follow-up health data were analyzed for each subject. The goal was to understand what rate of disease appeared in populations with pre-existing gum disease. This doesn’t confirm causality but at least establishes that the poor Oral health being tracked in this specific analysis at least precedes the appearance of other disease.