Dental disease and the cardiovascular system
Tooth space study: Evidence of effects of dental disease on the cardiovascular system evidenced.
In a Swedish study, a correlation between the number of teeth and the occurrence of cardiovascular disease was demonstrated. According to Anders Holmlund, the author of the study, there is a seven-fold increased risk of dying from heart disease in people with less than ten own teeth. For the study, 7674 people of both sexes, who mainly suffered from diseases of the periodontium (periodontitis, gingivitis), were observed over an average period of twelve years. The cause of death of the deceased participants in this period (629) was of particular importance.
The medical background: In the oral cavity in the individual up to 150 different bacterial species, a total of 700 could potentially colonize. If the microbes spread unhindered due to lack of hygiene or other reasons, inflammatory processes can occur. Harmful excretory substances of bacteria and specific immune reactions then burden the body and cardiovascular system. If the bacteria even get into the bloodstream, septicemia (sepsis) is to be feared.
Holistic dentists know about the effects of widespread periodontal disease on the whole organism and work closely with alternative practitioners and naturopathic general practitioners.
Already at the Sanum Therapy Conference 2009 in Hannover, the dentist Ute Kracke pointed to the health consequences. Thereafter, periodontal disease is considered a "reliable predictor of stable coronary heart disease." Furthermore, approximately 85% of the oral cavity bacteria are involved in the development of heart muscle inflammation. Associations with increased miscarriage risk, hypertension and the „Gastritis polluter“ Helicobacter pylori presented the dentist as scientifically known facts. For a long time a thorough dental history and the recommendation of an accompanying dental examination and therapy are part of the natural healing practice for the treatment of chronic diseases. (Dipl.Päd. J. Viñals Stein, non-medical practitioner, 13.04.2010)
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