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Association between oral hygiene and metabolic syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | Posted in GEHA Connection Dental Network News

Metabolic syndrome (MetS), a group of conditions that increase risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, is a growing public health concern worldwide: it is estimated to affect around 25% of the global population. Several risk factors for Meets have been identified, including oral diseases, which are primarily caused by poor oral hygiene. Although several studies have reported an association between oral hygiene status and MetS, others have found no such link. A systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence was conducted in order to quantify the strength of associations between oral hygiene and MetS.

Upon review, it was found that good oral hygiene status, frequent tooth brushing, and frequent interdental cleaning were associated with a lower risk of MetS. This association supports the idea that proper oral hygiene can reduce metabolic disorders that occur from inflamed tissue and bacterial growth caused by dental plaque. It is suggested for further research to be conducted and continue to investigate the relationship between MetS and oral hygiene.


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