In various articles and a study performed by a group of researchers on 755 children of eight years in 1980. They were then rechecked in 2007 to see how many were prone to heart disease. There were 4.5 percent of children who had no signs of bleeding, tooth decay, fillings, or pockets around teeth that can cause gum issues. The Six percent of the children had one of these four signs of oral infections, while 17 percent had two signs, 38 percent had three signs and 34 percent had all four signs. Periodontal disease in adults for very long time has reported the increase risk of heart attack.
- The children found with any of the oral infections were 87 percent more likely to develop sub-clinical atherosclerosis; structural changes in the arterial wall making it thick;however this condition is still not serious enough to lead complications.
- Children with all the signs of oral infection presents with 97 percent of risk to develop major heart issues.
Early care of childhood oral infections:
- Check for tooth decay or any sign of gum disease or even tooth loss due to negligence in getting the treatment.Treating these problems at early age can reduce the risk of heart disease.
- In some children bleeding and pocket formation with gums could be noticed, out of which boys were more found to have pockets in gums. This showed thickening of carotid arterial walls. The other reason is decaying of tooth and pocket formation in all children.
- Another reason for increased heart disease in adulthood could be due to genetic factors associated either systemically or dentally- causing higher risk of heart disease.