Kids' oral health linked to atherosclerosis risk
A childhood history of oral infections and dental fillings is associated with an almost twofold increased risk of atherosclerosis in adulthood, according to findings from a study spanning 27 years.
A prospective cohort of 755 people in Finland were followed from childhood, undergoing clinical oral examinations in 1980 at age 6, 9 or 12, through to adulthood.
Four signs of oral infections were documented: bleeding on probing, periodontal probing pocket depth, caries and dental fillings.
The presence of any sign of oral