Called gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease later, this condition may offer a window to understanding heart disease. Studies show those with moderate to advanced gum disease were more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
It is thought that bacteria passes from the gums into the bloodstream, increasing clot formation and leading to high blood pressure and eventually heart disease.
Warning signs of gum disease include red/tender/swollen gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, the appearance of gums pulling away from teeth, loose teeth, and chronic bad breath.
Poverty plays a large role in the ability for the public to afford dental services to combat the disease, and the disabled and children are at especially high risk.
Read the full article here: Dental Health: The Heart-disease Puzzle’s Missing Piece?
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