The Dental View By Dr. Steven Shrader The Link Between Heart Disease & Gum Disease

Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease. A recent study also shows that the risk increases for those with high cholesterol. There are more than 85 million Americans with some form of cardiovascular disease while more than 200 million have some form of periodontal disease. Scientists suspect the link between the two diseases is due to the same bacteria. Therefore bacteria found in infected gum tissue can be released into the bloodstream and move to other parts of the circulatory system just from normal chewing or brushing. Just as important as…

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