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The Connection Between Oral Infections,  Heart Disease & Stroke

The Connection Between Oral Infections,
Heart Disease & Stroke

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for 29% of deaths worldwide and is the second leading cause of death. Atherosclerosis (hardening and clogging of the arteries) is a major component of cardiovascular disease and affects one in four individuals. Family history and changes in diet and lifestyle do not fully account for the development of atherosclerosis. We know now that inflammation is also involved.

When we have inflammation in the mouth in the form of gingivitis and periodontitis, those inflammatory chemicals in the oral cavity escape into the blood stream and travel to other sites including the large vessels of the heart, for example, the carotid artery.

Oral microorganisms have been identified in the carotid artery, a major blood vessel. Our immune system produces antibodies to these oral bacteria; the antibodies react with bacteria and also with specific proteins in heart tissues. Inflammatory chemicals and other changes activate the production of clots that go on to block vessels to the heart and brain. Just as we have swelling, heat and occasionally pus when we have a skin infection, the same process occurs in the blood vessels. Source: Journal of Periodontology (July 2009).

Clearly the mouth is the "gateway" to the rest of the body. This means that anyone with an oral infection - eg bleeding gums, halitosis, gum disease etc - is at a much higher risk for more serious problems involving the entire body. Therefore the best way to stay healthy is to control and eliminate oral infection with OraVital treatment.

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