This study found there was a significant hazard ratio for total mortality, but only for edentulousness. When examined by stepwise regression of the coronary heart disease risk factors, all significance of risk from the three oral parameters was lost, smoking having the largest effect of all risk factors. The American Journal of Preventative Medicine states the results of this study as, “A significant association was observed between the extent of tooth loss and heart disease prevalence.” After adjustment for social and genetic factors such as gender, marital status, education and race/ethnicity, the researchers reported that the respondents who had missing teeth were significantly more likely to have heart disease than those who did not have tooth loss. According to this study, the percentage of respondents likely to have heart disease associated with tooth loss is as follows

1 to 5 missing teeth: 6.8%

6 to 31 missing teeth: 10.2%

Complete tooth loss: 11.5%

Loss of Teeth and Coronary Heart Disease


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Diet Changes Because of Tooth Loss Could Lead to Heart Risk 


Changes in diet because of tooth loss could increase the risk of developing chronic ailments, including cardiovascular disease According to the study, the dietary change of men who lost five or more teeth was unhealthier than that of men who lost no teeth.  

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