Poor dental health 'can heighten heart disease risk'

16 March 2012

People who are suffering from congenital heart disease who also subject themselves to poor dental hygiene are risking contracting further heart problems.

This is the warning that has been sent out following a study at the Copenhagen University Hospital, which could alter how individuals go about their lives after suffering from this cardiac condition.

According to the Danish researchers, teenagers with congenital heart disease have healthier attitudes to alcohol, illicit drugs and cigarettes than those without the problem.

On the flip side, the same individuals were more likely to ignore flossing and brushing their teeth, while visiting the dentist less often.

"Patients with congenital heart disease are diagnosed and receive their initial treatment in childhood but this does not mean that they are cured," Philip Moons, professor in nursing science at the University of Leuven, pointed out.

A separate study conducted recently by the University of Cambridge has also warned that the inflammatory protein deemed the interleukin-6 receptor can heighten the risk of people suffering from heart disease.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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