Treating gums may lower risk of heart disease
You may want to listen to your dentist when it comes to gum health. A new study from Forsyth Institute showed improved gum health also improves vascular inflammation and reduces heart disease risk. The study will be published in the May issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
Patients with periodontitis, also known as gum disease, were treated with an oral topical solution that had a main ingredient of the inflammation-fighting Resolvin E1. After using this remedy, these patients also showed a decrease of inflammation in the artery wall, thus improving vascular inflammation and reducing heart attack risk.
This is the first study to show a direct relationship between gum disease treatment and changes in the artery wall’s inflammation. The results provide further proof on the connection between gum health and heart health. Forsyth has a goal of identifying gum disease as a separate risk factor of heart disease besides diet and lifestyle and is trying to spread awareness on this topic.