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How can gum disease give you heart disease?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Heart disease: Evidence suggests that the same bacteria that causes gum disease can travel through the body and cause coronary artery disease. Very complex issue as there is evidence now that sugar may play a role as well as some new evidence that coronary disease may be caused by stem cells gone rouge.
Dr. Eric Linden
Specializes in Periodontics
See detailed answer : There have been several studies done showing a strong association between untreated/unstable gum disease and cardiovascular disease. The bacteria present around the clogged arteries are similar to those found in gum disease.
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Inflammation: It's all about the way our bodies fight infections, through inflammatory ways, and that can be bad on the heart. More complicated than that, but that is the short answer.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How can gum disease be related to the heart?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Periodontics 24 years experience
It depends: This is a complex question, but the most straightforward answer is that since gum disease or periodontitis, is an infection, the bacteria have access to the bloodstream and the heart through bleeding gums. In addition, by having this chronic infection, the body responds to it by releasing it's own substances into the circulation which can harm other tissues.
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A 26-year-old male asked:

What is the link between heart disease and gum disease and how?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Inflammation: Most all disease conditions arise from INFLAMMATION. Deep inflammation in the body has become an indicator of many disease states as well as predictor of potential problems to come. Many inflammation causing bacteria found in the body have been confirmed to be the very same ones found in gum disease. How we take care of ourselves from exercise, what we eat, dental homecare are all related.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is gum disease is linked directly to heart disease?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Probably.: According to the american academy of periodontology, people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (also called heart disease). And one study found that the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, were as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels. So brush ; use dental floss.

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