Research reinforces gum disease-atherosclerosis link
New research is reinforcing the longstanding belief that a connection exists between periodontal disease, or severe gum inflammation, and cardiovascular disease. The researchers hypothesize that the atherosclerosis may be a result of bacteria from gum infection entering the bloodstream, creating inflammation in other parts of the body.
It is too early to know if treating gum disease lowers the risk of heart disease, but gum disease may be a risk factor for heart disease -- one that can be prevented.
In other words, brush, floss and see your dentist regularly.
"If you have a healthy mouth, chances are you have a healthy body," the study author said.
The study is in its fifth year and includes more than 1,000 participants. Researchers are looking forward to more conclusive results in about five years.
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