Gum disease appears to be associated with a higher risk of venous thromboembolism

In January 2019 researchers from the USA published the results of their study to assess the association between gum disease and risk of venous thromboembolism. A total of 8,092 individuals were included in the study. The individuals were on average 63 years of age at the start of the study and 14% of the individuals self-reported tooth loss from gum disease. Over an average of 13 years of follow-up, there were 313 diagnoses of venous thromboembolism. Results showed that self-reported tooth loss due to gum disease was associated with a 30% higher risk of venous thromboembolism. Further research is required to establish whether a relationship between periodontal disease and venous thromboembolism

Cowan LT et al. Periodontal disease and incident venous thromboembolism: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. J Clin Periodontol. 2019 Jan;46(1):12-19 

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