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Does poor oral health increase risk of heart attacks?

Yes, poor oral health may increase the risk of heart attack. Bacteria around your teeth and on your gums may enter the bloodstream and become attached to fatty arterial plaques. This could cause the detachment of the plaque and, in turn, formation of blood clots in the coronary arteries. If this happens, it could cause a heart attack. It is important to note, however, that a direct cause and effect connection between oral health and heart attacks has not been verified.
Poor oral health has been associated with an increase in heart disease and other serious cardiovascular problems. These problems may lead to heart attacks.

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