People with gum diseases have a far higher risk that can cause them a stroke, this has come out in latest research that has been conducted in the dental health arena. This is far more a risk than that that diabetic patients have to face. The impact that bad oral hygiene and gum disease has is equivalent to that of high blood pressure and is one of the major factors for the causation of strokes.
The two well known risk factors for the occurrence of a stroke are known to be diabetes and high blood pressure. These cause ischemic strokes that might be non-fatal. However, a growing study has pointed out a clear indication of the connection of gum disease also called periodontitis and strokes. People are more likely to get strokes when they have gum disease then with high blood pressure or diabetes. This is the latest study finding.
The research that has already been presented at the 89th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session and Exhibition in San Diego last month, is a forewarning about the serious impact that poor oral health poses to general health and wellbeing in human beings.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said: "The risk factors obesity, alcohol abuse, poor diet and smoking are generally well-known risk factors which can cause strokes. Less well-known are the risks caused by gum disease and this often gets neglected.
This research is very important as it gives oral health an important place in the risk factors. The findings of this research are indeed eye-opening to say the least. The fact that high blood pressure and the presence of gum disease being considered to be equivalent factors to the causation of a stroke are surely significant indeed. Gum diseases in a patient double their chances of a stroke.
This research sends across a clear cut message to people about the right kind of oral health that they need to follow. Oral health is a predominant factor to good health and it should never be neglected.