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Mouth Body Systemic Connection
Studies have shown that treating gum disease can thin arterial walls. What does this mean to you? It means less cardiovascular disease and a lower incidence of heart attacks.
This is all great news, but I'm sure you are wondering how this could possibly happen simply by taking care of your oral health and treating your gum disease.
Gum disease is an inflammatory disease caused by bacteria. This bacteria causes an inflammatory response in the body to get rid of it. Unfortunatley, this inflammation is not just localized to your mouth- your whole system is affected. According to an article in News Medical, studies indicate that heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis may all be connected to gum disease, with inflammation being the common factor.
The study in the attached article shows that by treating gum disease , the walls of the arteries become less inflamed and begin to thin. This thinning increases blood flow and reduces the risk of a blockage.