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Does heart disease risk vary based on oral health problems?

Research suggests that the risk of heart disease varies depending on how severe your gum disease is. In other words, if you have an advanced stage of periodontal disease like periodontitis, you may have a higher cardiovascular risk than if you only had gingivitis, or the first stages of gum disease. This might be because having a more severe gum infection may increase the risk that the organisms involved might travel through the bloodstream and worsen a heart condition. Since gums that are infected tend to bleed, this opens up a route for the organisms to enter the blood. They might also enter through sores or cuts in the mouth.

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