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Might tooth loss affect vision?

Tooth decay, mercury fillings and gum disease often lead to deterioration in vision.  Every day more evidence emerges that poor oral health has implications beyond the oral cavity itself, many studies links a type of glaucoma to poor oral health. The health of teeth and gums can dramatically affect the vision, causing a variety of eye conditions such as ocular lymphoma or glaucoma.

Why Taking Care of Your Teeth Is Crucial for Your Eyes

It’s no coincidence that for many, the vision starts to go around the same that the teeth start falling and/or become problematic. Recently, scientists at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School presented a clinical study about it, they work with 39,909 men 40 years and older who did not have glaucoma at the outset of the study. The researchers collected information about their eye and oral health every two years, including the number of teeth they had lost and any history of periodontitis with bone loss. Over the 26 years of the study, 483 cases of primary open-angle glaucoma were confirmed and recorded.

The researchers found that the risk for primary open-angle glaucoma was 43 percent higher in men who reported the loss of one or more teeth than men who reported no lost teeth. Add periodontal disease into the mix, however, and the risk for glaucoma became a staggering 86 percent higher than in men with healthy mouths.

How to avoid periodontal disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on the teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss.

Read here Some Facts about Periodontal Disease

Start with a good dental care

Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings, and eating a mouth healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products.

Read more about Basic Dental Care

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