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We've known for 30 years now that a link exists between periodontal disease and heart problems. If you suffer from periodontitis, this condition can make you 2.5 times more likely to have a heart attack. Why? Well it's a question researchers could not find an answer to; however, two theories exist: First, it is believed that there could be a shared gene, meaning that your body is genetically encoded that puts you at as much risk of developing heart disease as periodontitis.
Another theory is that bacteria in your mouth enter the bloodstream and lodge in your heart. These bacteria could cause inflammation of blood vessels and the appearance of plaque atheromatous, leading to myocardial infarction. Whatever the truth, the treatment of periodontitis can only improve your overall health.