Oral Health Could Affect Your Heart

Published on May 10, 2016 by






Research suggests that people with severe gum disease may be more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth – specifically adjacent to or within the soft tissue that supports the teeth. When your body reacts to this infection, your gums become inflamed, they may bleed, and in severe cases, your teeth may become loose.

The earliest form of gum disease is called gingivitis and the more severe is periodontitis. When oral bacteria are not properly removed from around your teeth, local inflammation results as your body fights the infection. Early research suggests a possible link between Systemic Inflammation and CVD. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a disease involving the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease and gum disease have several things in common. One of them is inflammation, which in the case of CVD narrows coronary arteries and in the case of severe gum disease breaks down the tissues that hold teeth in place. Emerging research suggests a possible association between gum disease and CVD, as the oral bacteria of gum disease can enter the bloodstream and cause a defense reaction throughout the body. Also, bacteria from the mouth can travel to important organs in the body, including the heart. 


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