02/05/2010  |  
Inflammation—the Connection between Heart Disease and Periodontal (Gum) Disease

If you currently have heart disease or if it runs in your family, you should be aware that recent studies have shown that there are some common factors between heart disease and periodontal (gum) disease. While researchers are still working to understand whether there is a direct relationship between the two diseases, it is evident that the common factor is inflammation. Both cardiovascular (“cardio” = heart, “vascular” = blood vessel) disease and periodontal (gum) disease are inflammatory in nature and impact upon each other negatively, taxing the body's immune (resistance) system. However, one fact is already known: the healthier you keep both mouth and body, the better your chances of reducing your risks for both periodontal and heart disease.

Learn more in this response to a Dear Doctor email, Periodontal Inflammation and Heart Disease.


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