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how can having gingivitis cause heart disease and stroke?

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Dr. Barry Levin
26 years experience Periodontics
Complex: It's not a simple answer. Both the bacteria causing periodontal diseases & the systemic effects of the inflation are implicated here. A chronic infection produces systemic markers of inflammation ( c-reactive protein or crp). This eventually leads to damage of blood vessel walls & platelets aggregating to repair the damage leading to blockages. The answer could fill pages & still ambiguous.
Answered on Feb 26, 2020
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Dr. Peter Flaherty
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Bacteria: The studies are in and there are direct links between poor oral health and poor cardiac health. High bacteria counts in the mouth associated with gum disease can find there way to your heart through the vascular system. Once in the heart they can cause inflamation and infection. It's always a good idea to keep your mouth healthy this is just one more reason.
Answered on Oct 6, 2013
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