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Heart Disease

Recent research indicates that severe chronic gum disease (periodontitis) may be associated with the development of heart (cardiovascular) disease. One theory is that the inflammatory proteins and the bacteria in the gum tissue can enter the blood stream and cause various effects on the cardiovascular system. A recent study examined the presence of a germ known to cause severe chronic gum disease and the thickening of the blood vessel wall commonly seen in heart disease. After examining samples from over 650 subjects, the investigators concluded that an increased level of blood vessel thickening was associated with the presence of the same bacteria found in dental plaque known to cause periodontitis.

Be sure to tell your dentist if you have a heart condition and what, if any, medications you are taking for it. Your dentist will record important health information in your record and coordinate treatment with your physician.

To learn more about the importance of discussing heart conditions with your dentist, click on the link below for an article from the American Dental Association

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