Sore, red or bleeding gums can signify periodontal disease and may be a symptom of early death. Although previous studies have suggested a link between heart disease and gum problems, professors at the University of Buffalo now suggest older women are most at risk of death from various causes if they suffer from gum disease.

– Data suggests that women over 55 who have lost their teeth due to gum disease are at least 17% more at risk of dying from all causes.
– In a study of over 57,000 women over 55, almost 4,000 died over a period of almost 7 years. In addition, over 3,500 cardiovascular events took place.

– Further research is needed to explain the links between gum disease, cardio-vascular problems and death.
“Our findings suggest that older women may be at higher risk for death because of their periodontal condition.”

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.