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Association between dental care, cardiovascular disease

 

Narrator:         This is Science Today. Health policy experts at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that general dental care can significantly reduce a woman's risk of heart disease. Tim Brown of the School of Public Health says other studies have found an association between dental care and cardiovascular disease.

Brown:            This is complementary to that because they're looking at a very focused question, which is whether or not very intensive cleaning of the teeth will prevent these various cardiovascular disease events and that's compared to people who just get community dental treatment. Whereas what I'm looking at is, do you get any dental treatment at all versus no dental treatment. So, it's a different question.

Narrator:         Their study used data from a group of people aged 50 and older because that's the age that most people have heart conditions, but they did not find an affect for men. Brown says that's probably because women tend to develop heart disease later in life.

Brown:            And so we're going to actually try to do a similar study where we do include the younger men and we actually should find the reverse. Where there should be no affect for women because younger women don't have any heart disease to speak of, but the men are starting to develop it.

Narrator:         For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.