Gum Disease, Tooth Loss Predict Increased Mortality in Older Women: WHI Analysis

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BUFFALO, NY — A large study of postmenopausal women suggests periodontitis and tooth loss predict a significantly increased risk of death, but not necessarily an increase in risk for cardiovascular disease.

Lead author Dr Michael J LaMonte (University at Buffalo, NY) told heartwire from Medscape that their findings, if confirmed by prospective trials, could have substantial implications for public health in that they may support intensive oral screening in midlife, especially for women.

In particular, oral health could potentially become as important for screening as cholesterol and high blood pressure for prolonging life, he says.

 

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http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878158