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Tooth gap study: effects of dental diseases on the cardiovascular system proven.
A Swedish study showed a connection between the number of teeth and the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. According to Anders Holmlund, the study's author, people with fewer than ten teeth have a seven-fold increased risk of dying from heart disease. For the study, 7674 people of both sexes, who mainly suffered from diseases of the tooth structure (periodontitis, gingivitis), were observed over an average of twelve years. The cause of death of the participants who died during this period (number 629) was of particular importance.
The medical background: Up to 150 different types of bacteria frolic in the oral cavity, a total of 700 could potentially colonize. If the microbes can spread unhindered due to a lack of hygiene or for other reasons, inflammatory processes can occur. Harmful excretions from the bacteria and specific immune reactions then put a strain on the body and cardiovascular system. If the bacteria even get into the bloodstream, blood poisoning (sepsis) is to be feared.
Holistically oriented dentists know about the effects of the widespread periodontal diseases on the whole organism and work closely with naturopaths and naturopathic general practitioners.
At the Sanum Therapy Conference 2009 in Hanover, the dentist Ute Kracke pointed out the consequential damage to health. According to this, periodontitis is considered to be a "reliable pre-indicator for stable coronary artery disease." Furthermore, about 85% of bacteria in the oral cavity are involved in the development of heart muscle inflammation. Connections with increased risk of miscarriage, high blood pressure and the "gastritis causer" Helicobacter pylori presented the dentist as scientifically known facts. In naturopathy, the treatment of chronic diseases has long included a thorough dental history and the recommendation of an accompanying dental examination and therapy. (Dipl.Päd. J. Viñals Stein, naturopath, April 13, 2010)
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