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How are heart disease - dental health related?

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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bacterial infection

Inflamed gums, or gingivitis, can increase the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
Flossing daily and keeping regular dental checkups can decrease this risk.

In brief: Bacterial infection

Inflamed gums, or gingivitis, can increase the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
Flossing daily and keeping regular dental checkups can decrease this risk.
Dr. Traci Buxton
Dr. Traci Buxton
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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Good question

Poor dental health is associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, particularly atherosclerotic disease of the vessels, as well as valve disease of the heart.

In brief: Good question

Poor dental health is associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, particularly atherosclerotic disease of the vessels, as well as valve disease of the heart.
Dr. Michael Zevitz
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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry

In brief: Heart Disease/Stroke

Previous research has shown a "possible" correlation of periodontal disease/chronic tooth infection with heart attack and stroke.
However a recent paper has said the statement is a bit too strong. Time will tell as more data in compiled in the future. Personally, i believe wherever inflammation is in the body can't be a good thing.

In brief: Heart Disease/Stroke

Previous research has shown a "possible" correlation of periodontal disease/chronic tooth infection with heart attack and stroke.
However a recent paper has said the statement is a bit too strong. Time will tell as more data in compiled in the future. Personally, i believe wherever inflammation is in the body can't be a good thing.
Dr. Thomas Davis
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Dr. H E Henry
While cause and effect can't be proven, oral bacteria has been shown to cause endothelial disfunction due to the chronic inflammatory effect. Periodontal disease is as big a risk factor for atherosclerotic changes in blood vessels as smoking. Certain specific oral pathogens have been shown to increase risk of MI or ischemic stroke considerably, as well as increase hypertension; Correlations have been made with Alzheimers, erectile dysfunction, preterm low birth weight babies, lung disease, glycemic control, endotoxemia, bacteremia, kidney disease, etc.
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