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Research: Dental health may affect kidneys
Updated: 10/15/2008 10:00:43 AM

Research: Dental health may affect kidneys An increasing body of research is discovering the various ways that dental health affects the wellbeing of other organs in the body, including the heart.

Now, a study published in the Journal of Periodontology has uncovered a link between periodontal disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University looked at the connections between tooth loss and CKD among more than 4,000 adults over the age of 40.

They discovered that people who had lost all their natural teeth were more likely to have CKD than those whose dental health had allowed them to keep their teeth.

Study author Dr Monica Fisher said that tooth loss is viewed as a marker of past periodontal disease among subjects.

Commenting on the findings, president of the American Academy of Periodontology David Cochran said, "It is exciting to think that by controlling periodontal disease and therefore helping to preserve natural dentition, the incidence and progression of CKD may be reduced."

Approximately 26 million Americans have CKD, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

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