The real 'red herring' between periodontal and heart disease is the process of inflammation and the fallout that occurs from the body's inability to control it. Research has shown that periodontal (gum disease) is one of the greatest sources of chronic low-grade inflammation-sort of a silent (usually painless) alarm bell that's unanswered. The pathogenic (disease-causing) oral bacteria that's causing this inflammation in the mouth have been shown to result from imbalances in the natural ecology or 'balance of bacteria' that live in the mouth.
As a result the gums become more permeable, allowing these bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This, in turn, has been shown to trigger the liver to make C-reactive proteins which have been shown to have inflammatory, and clot-causing, effects on blood vessels throughout the body leading to, in some studies, a tenfold increase in the chance of a heart attack or a stroke!
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