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Gum Disease

There have been a number of clinical studies throughout the world, which suggest a distinct relationship between periodontal (gum) disease contributing to an increased risk of other concerning general health conditions including heart disease, cardio vascular disease, and a higher risk of stroke and pre-term low-weight babies.

It is thought that oral bacteria can affect the arteries of the heart after entering the bloodstream through microscopic cuts in the mouth, caused by brushing too hard or eating hard foods. This bacteria then adheres to the fatty plaque deposits in the heart blood vessels (coronary arteries) contributing to blood clot formation, this in turn may lead to a heart attack as the blood flow is restricted or cut off.

Whilst it has yet to be proven conclusively that periodontal disease significantly contributes to a heart attack, stroke and pre-term low birth-weight babies, there is strong evidence to suggest it does indeed have some affect. Many research studies are continuing.

The fist sign of gum disease/periodontal is bleeding gums.

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