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Gum disease is now concluded that it doesn't cause heart disease. Why is dentistry not as respected as other health field?

Gum disease is now concluded that it doesn't cause heart disease.  Why is dentistry not as respected as other health field?

Clarification: To clarify: aha statement indicates no direct cause/effect for heart disease but proven by research that oral pathogens are a contributing inflammatory risk factor that increase circulating lipids, change quality of cholesterol, invade vessel endothelial cells intra & inter cellularly, increase organ inflammatory states, cause endotoxemia/bacteremia, initiate the inflam. Cascade systemmically. ...Read more

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Dr. John Francis
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Gingivitis (Definition)

Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more


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Is gum disease is linked directly to heart disease?

Is gum disease is linked directly to heart disease?

Of course: A growing number of research finds that bacteria, plaque and inflammation (gum disease) in your mouth are linked to heart disease and stroke. See your dentist, it may actually save your life. ...Read more

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

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

They are linked: Scientific studies have shown that people with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums and better oral health. ...Read more

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How can gum disease give you heart disease?

How can gum disease give you heart disease?

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. ...Read more

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There is not strong enough evidence to support the notion that treating gum disease can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. Your take?

There is not strong enough evidence to support the notion that treating gum disease can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. Your take?

You are right!: The evidence is growing that there is a relationship between cvd and periodontal disease. Medical based evidence from several studies has confirmed this fact. Whether or not treating periodontal disease will reduce the risk of ha or stroke is being investigated and is still unknown but the existence of a relationship has been proven. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between heart disease and gum disease? My dentist is treating me for gum disease, and mentioned that there may be a link between heart disease and gum disease. Is this true? Do I have to worry about heart disease now as well as losin

Is there a connection between heart disease and gum disease? My dentist is treating me for gum disease, and mentioned that there may be a link between heart disease and gum disease. Is this true? Do I have to worry about heart disease now as well as losin

Connection, sort of: While medical and dental researchers see connections between the the oral bacteria that cause gum disease and the bacterial plaque in coronary arteries, are starting to see part of the inflammatory cascade of both diseases and the american heart association still require a dental clearance before heart valve surgery, the direct and specific link is not fully completely understood. Stand by 4 more! ...Read more

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How can having gingivitis cause heart disease and stroke?

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. ...Read more

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18 yrs old female has gingivitis.Getting deep cleaning and was handed a packet called "Periodontal Disease".Scared.Will I get heart disease?!

18 yrs old female has gingivitis.Getting deep cleaning and was handed a packet called "Periodontal Disease".Scared.Will I get heart disease?!

No: If you now begin to take care of your teeth and gums, you will not get heart disease from this episode. Pay attention to daily mouth hygeine and you will protect your heart as well. ...Read more

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Can bleeding gums can cause heart disease if i swallow the blood?

Can bleeding gums can cause heart disease if i swallow the blood?

The answer is no: While there is mounting evidence for an association with periodontal disease and inflammation of coronary vessels (atherosclerotic heart disease, the most common form of heart disease), there is actually no evidence that it causes this form of heart disease. Too many people confuse association with cause. ...Read more

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No proof that bad gums actually cause heart disease or strokes. Also claims that dental treatment may prevent heart attack or strokes are unwarranted.?

Occur together: As opposed to gum disease causing heart disease. They are both inflammatory diseased that can occur at the same time. Having severe periodontal disease could be an indicator that you are susceptable to inflammatory diseases. All these disease states need to be checked and controlled. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems with his heart, which includes both birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks, leaky heart valves, heart failure, viral infections ...Read more


Dr. Gary Sandler
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gum disease is a condition in which bacteria that builds up on one's teeth sets up an inflammatory response that damages his gums. This inflammatory response is called gingivitis and is characterized by red, swollen, tender ...Read more