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What does your gum disease have to do with your heart health?

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Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry
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In brief: Atheroma

Although recent evidence discounts much of a direct link between the gums and the heart, there are many risk factors that are associated.
The inflammatory markers whch are produced and cause inflammation in the vessels of the gum tissue, can cause inflammation and arterial damagethroughout the entire body. This creates areas that cholesterol binds to and attributes to atheroma formation.

In brief: Atheroma

Although recent evidence discounts much of a direct link between the gums and the heart, there are many risk factors that are associated.
The inflammatory markers whch are produced and cause inflammation in the vessels of the gum tissue, can cause inflammation and arterial damagethroughout the entire body. This creates areas that cholesterol binds to and attributes to atheroma formation.
Dr. Ragan Faler
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
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In brief: Endocarditis.

If gums are diseased, or inflamed, they might lead to a condition known as bacterial endocarditis due usually to the bacteria streptococci viridans.
This bacteria lives in the mouth, and if gums are inflamed, the bacteria can get in the bloodstream, causing damage to the heart and heart valves.

In brief: Endocarditis.

If gums are diseased, or inflamed, they might lead to a condition known as bacterial endocarditis due usually to the bacteria streptococci viridans.
This bacteria lives in the mouth, and if gums are inflamed, the bacteria can get in the bloodstream, causing damage to the heart and heart valves.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. John Francis
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Inflammation

Your body is trying to fight the bacteria insult of gum disease and it does it by way of inflammation.
If this is happening, and you have one other risk factor for heart disease like smoking, you are at higher risk of coronary artery disease--leading to heart attack.

In brief: Inflammation

Your body is trying to fight the bacteria insult of gum disease and it does it by way of inflammation.
If this is happening, and you have one other risk factor for heart disease like smoking, you are at higher risk of coronary artery disease--leading to heart attack.
Dr. John Francis
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