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How does C-reactive protein (CRP) affect oral and heart health?

C-reactive protein (CRP), a type of protein within the body, is a risk marker for heart disease and has been found to be elevated in people with periodontal disease.
C-reactive protein has become an important marker for inflammation related to oral health and heart health. Basically oral disease (e.g., gum disease) has been shown to trigger the liver to increase the production C-reactive proteins which have inflammatory effects on the inside lining of blood vessels which leads to atherosclerosis, also known as "hardening of the arteries" which, in turn, can cause blockages of these vessels leading to a heart attack or stroke.

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