It was one of the most controversial and most interesting scientific findings that were recently published in some reputable scientific journals like the Journal of Periodontology. A group of Swedish specialists found out that the number of the teeth a person has strictly linked to the person’s chances to have a stroke. Certainly, the less your own teeth you have, the higher risks you have to die of a stroke. This relationship between the risks of a stroke and the number of teeth was found and researched for the first time in history of the humanity.
The studies and experiments lasted for 12 years, and the scientists observed and analyzed the data of more than 7,500 men and women with various dental problems. Most of the participants had periodontal disease, and for the time of the research, 629 participants died, at that 299 of them died of a cardiovascular disease. Despite of the fact that the specialists had to omit other socio-economic factors, they came to a conclusion that the number of own teeth is directly linked to the risks of a stroke.
Anders Holmlund, the leader of the research, comments on the findings as the following: “A person with fewer than 10 of their own teeth has a seven times higher risk for death by coronary heart disease than a person of the same age and of the same sex with more than 25 teeth left.” He says that “The number of natural teeth a person had left could reflect how much chronic inflammation one has been exposed to in a lifetime.”
The specialists comment on the study saying that not the number of the teeth that are left in a person’s mouth, but the number of the teeth lost should be important for estimating the risks of having a stroke. They suppose that the decay and purulence can be absorbed by the blood and get collected in the heart, this way jeopardizing its normal function. In anyway, this subject can spark an interesting public polemic in the future.