Link between Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Disease?
Researchers may be one step closer to establishing a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD) – the number one cause of death worldwide.
Periodontal disease describes bacterial growth and production of factors that gradually destroy the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth. Some symptoms may include gums that are swollen or tender, receding gums or persistent bad breath.
According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, periodontal disease contributes to blood vessel dysfunction, which was improved by an intensive regimen of periodontal treatment.
Currently, more than one in three Americans over age 30 have some form of periodontitis, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
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