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Statins can reduce the effect of gum disease

21 August 2014

Statins can reduce the effect of gum disease

A new study has found that people who take statins are three times less likely to suffer from tooth loss.

Statins are medicines that help lower the amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol produced in the liver. High levels LDL cholesterol can lead to cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and heart attacks, which have been linked to poor oral health. 

The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology. The researchers monitored patients who were taking statins as well as patients who were not over a period of five years, then compared their results. It was concluded that: “Long-term treatment with systemically administered statins may have the beneficial effect of protecting against tooth loss.”

While this is positive news for patients who are on statins, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter OBE wanted to stress the importance of upholding a good oral health routine. Dr Carter recommends: “A simple routine of brushing teeth, twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste, which will help to remove plaque - the cause of gum disease. It is also important to clean in between teeth using interdental brushes or floss."

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