11 doctors weighed in:
Can poor dental health increase cholesterol?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
6 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely but...
For years science has known of a link b/twn dental health & cardiovascular health.
The culprit is bacteria. The human mouth is full of bacteria, & good oral health keeps these bacteria in check. Poor dental health allows bacteria to grow unchecked & allow it to migrate to other areas of the body, including the cardiovascular system. Poor dental health alone is unlikely to increase cholesterol.

In brief: Not likely but...
For years science has known of a link b/twn dental health & cardiovascular health.
The culprit is bacteria. The human mouth is full of bacteria, & good oral health keeps these bacteria in check. Poor dental health allows bacteria to grow unchecked & allow it to migrate to other areas of the body, including the cardiovascular system. Poor dental health alone is unlikely to increase cholesterol.
Dr. Stanley Siu
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Dr. H E Henry
Actually, since periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease state, it is known to keep the inflammatory cascade turned-on, (not unlike rheumatoid arthritis) resulting in a steady production of cytokines and other chemical mediators that change the quality and consistency of lipids like cholesterol; So is it increasing cholesterol?
Dr. H E Henry
Probably not increasing cholesterol, just allowing it to contribute more to atheromatous lesions. Which all the same contributes to CVD. Cholesterol usually flows freely in the circulation but oxidized it contributes to arterial plaques
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Poor dental hygiene does not increase the cholesterol in your body.
However, poor dental hygiene causes increased inflammation, especially in the blood vessels due to a complex immune response. The inflammation causes turbulent flow in the vessels which causes white blood cells to deposit. This creates a sticky plug which attracts cholesterol causing reduced flow or blockages in the vessels.

In brief: No
Poor dental hygiene does not increase the cholesterol in your body.
However, poor dental hygiene causes increased inflammation, especially in the blood vessels due to a complex immune response. The inflammation causes turbulent flow in the vessels which causes white blood cells to deposit. This creates a sticky plug which attracts cholesterol causing reduced flow or blockages in the vessels.
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Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: Yes
Poor dental health can make it hard to regulate blood sugar levels.
There is a correlation between high blood sugar and high LDL cholesterol.

In brief: Yes
Poor dental health can make it hard to regulate blood sugar levels.
There is a correlation between high blood sugar and high LDL cholesterol.
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