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Priority health: Link between gum disease and heart disease

from Central Florida News 13

Today's question asks, "What's the link between gum disease and heart disease, and if you already have periodontal disease what do you do?" As it turns out, this link has been discussed and studied for decades. There are many possible links, of which the primary one is inflammation that can be caused by chronic infections. The response is chronic inflammation. This increases everywhere in the body, and leads to weakening the immune system. Another link is bacteria. The bacteria in the gums are very virulent and are able to live in areas where oxygen flow is low. These types of bacteria produce toxins that further breakdown the immune system. more

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