Healthy Gums: A Sign of a Healthy Heart

Researchers have linked periodontal disease with thicker carotid arteries, which may be a sign of stroke and heart attack.

Researchers at the Columbia University found that people with higher amounts of four types of bacteria caused by periodontal disease had thicker arteries. The team measured bacteria levels in the mouths of 657 people who have no history of a stroke or a heart attack, and the thickness of their carotid arteries. It has determined their C-reactive protein levels, which may be indicative of developing a possible heart problem.

According to researchers, gum infections could be preventable and they could be treated. Taking care of our oral health could have a significant impact on our heart health but the findings are not proof that the bacteria cold really cause cardiovascular disease.

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