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Healthy gums may lower risk of heart disease, stroke

from DentalPlans.com

Dentists frequently tell their patients that poor oral health may result in periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, but individuals who do not heed their dentists' warnings also may be increasing their risk of developing serious cardiovascular conditions. Periodontal disease typically is caused by plaque buildup that has been left untreated for a long period of time. Other dental problems such as crooked teeth, rough edges of fillings, and ill-fitting or unclean braces, dentures, bridges, or crowns can also irritate the gums and result in periodontal disease. The American Academy of Periodontology explains that the bacteria, which is produced at the sites of gum disease, can enter the blood stream and aid in the formation of blood clots. more


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