Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners found an article that resonates with his patient base which he wants to share: Research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that, “gum disease and tooth loss are connected to a higher risk of early death in women past the age of menopause.” Michael J. LaMonte, lead author of the study and a research associate professor at the University at Buffalo in New York, notes that the findings only suggest an association between oral health and premature death. CNN adds, “The research does not show gum disease or tooth loss cause early death.” However, according to Dr. Johnson, “there are many published findings that correlate gum disease with many medical entities like cardiac issues, pancreatic cancer and poor diets”.
For the study, HealthDay (3/29/17, Preidt) reports that investigators “tracked data on more than 57,000 women aged 55 and older.” The researchers found that “a history of gum disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause.” In addition, researchers found that loss of natural teeth was associated with “a 17 percent increased risk of death from any cause.” Dr. Johnson recommends a 4x/year regimen with a talented hygienist for many of his periodontally compromised patients. He adds, “it is clearly the best ‘bang for your buck’ in dentistry and can save you many thousands of dollars over one’s lifetime”.
MouthHealthy.org provides oral health information for adults over 40 and adults over 60. MouthHealthy.org also provides additional information for patients on gum disease.
Original article in CNN.com