The American Academy of Periodontology is concerned about new research linking gum diseases to a heart attack or stroke.
A recent study presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting suggests that the bacteria present in gum diseases may trigger blood clots which can contribute to a heart attack or stroke.
This new study supports accumulating research that identifies gum disease as significantly increasing the risk for heart disease. The AAP believes emerging research in this area may establish periodontal disease as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal diseases, is one of the most common infections - often more prevalent than the common cold. Common signs of gum disease include bleeding gums or pus between the teeth. Left untreated, this chronic infection can destroy the bone that supports the teeth and may lead to tooth loss.
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