The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease November 25 2014

Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease.  One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries and contributing to clot formation.  Coronary artery disease is characterized by a thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries due to buildup of fatty proteins.   Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly.   This can lead to heart attacks.  

Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases plaque build up, which may contribute to the swelling of the arteries.  

Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost TWICE as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.   Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.  

Dr David Schwartz, at Aesthetic Dentistry of Great Neck, examines his patients for periodontal disease and treats them with the newest procedures. 

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