Junk Food, Poor Oral Health Increase Risk Of Premature Heart Disease

The association between poor oral health and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should make the reduction of sugars such as those contained in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks, an important health policy target.

Despite convincing evidence linking poor oral health to premature heart disease, the most recent UK national guidance on the prevention of CVD at population level mentions the reduction of sugar only indirectly.

Poor oral hygiene and excess sugar consumption can lead to periodontal disease where the supporting bone around the teeth is destroyed.

“As well as having high levels of fats and salt, junk foods often contain a great deal of sugar and the effect this has on oral health may be an important additional mechanism by which junk food elevates risk of CVD.”

Reducing sugar consumption and managing dental problems early could help prevent heart problems later in life.

From: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/health_medicine/dentistry/~3/bP1Xdya1g1c/131202105301.htm

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