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Cardiovascular/Heart and Oral Health

Cardiovascular/Heart and Oral Health

Poor oral health has been debated as a possible cause of heart disease for many years. In 2012, experts from the American Heart Association reviewed the available scientific evidence and concluded that poor oral health hasn't been proven to cause heart disease, and that treating existing gum disease hasn't been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Still, many studies have shown a connection between gum disease (periodontitis) and other serious conditions, including heart disease. Research suggests that periodontitis is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and that people with chronic gum disease have increased thickness of their neck blood vessels. There is also a strong correlation between diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as evidence that people with diabetes benefit from professional teeth cleanings.