A new research is suggesting that Adults with gum disease may be twice as likely as people with healthy gums to suffer a stroke, a new research has suggests. This, however, is not the first study to link gum disease and brain attacks caused by blood clots.
Chair of neurology at the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine, Dr. Souvik Sen, in Columbia, has explained that, “The higher the level of gum disease, the worse the risk.”
Stroke risk rose with the level of gum disease; it was 1.9 times, 2.1 times and 2.2 times higher for people with mild, moderate and severe gum disease, respectively, the findings showed.
One stroke expert said that was the most intriguing discovery in the study.
Dr. Maurizio Trevisan, Dean of the City University of New York School of Medicine in New York City has said that the fact that it is a dose-effect relationship, it’s an important finding,” Unfortunately, it still does not prove the cause/effect relationship because it’s an observational study.
However, he was involved in the first major study, published in 2000, showing a relationship between poor oral health and stroke risk.
Researchers still don’t know why people with gum disease have a higher stroke risk. The levels of inflammation found in both gum disease and hardening of the arteries may play a role.
Sen has explained that, “when that hardening of the blood vessels happens in the brain or the neck, it can lead to a stroke.”
But there may be other reasons. It could be that people who neglect their oral health are also less likely to go to the doctor for medical conditions or take medications as prescribed.