Research Brief: Tooth decay stroke risk

Dental disease may add to the risk of a person having a stroke, US researchers have claimed. Dental disease was linked to a higher likelihood of carotid atheroma in a person already at risk of stroke.

For the study, dental panoramic radiographs from patients with and without atheroma were compared. Those with carotid atheromas had more decaying and missing teeth. The findings were presented at a meeting of the International Association for Dental Research.

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