Recent studies have shown that there is a very strong association between gum disease (periodontal disease) and cardiovascular disease (including, heart attacks and strokes).  This website will shed light on the nature, progression and treatment of periodontal disease and itís possible connection to the circulatory system pathology (atherosclerosis, atheroma formation and infectious endocarditis). Recent research reports will continually be added to our list of references.

 

Quick Facts

  1. Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer and AIDS combined.
  2. Approximately 1 million people die from cardiovascular disease, (CVD) annually.
  3. More than 2600 people die from CVD each day, one every 34 seconds.
  4. At least 70 million Americans have some form of CVD.
  5. More than 500,000 people annually have a stroke, one every 45 seconds.
  6. Periodontal disease is associated with a significant increase in risk of CVD.
  7. More than 75% of Americans have moderate to advanced periodontal disease.
  8. Periodontal disease is treatable and often curable.

Of the sudden deaths relating to CVD, more than 50% had no previous signs of the disease!

 

Since there is a strong relationship between periodontal disease and CVD, letís explore the oral heart connection in more detailÖ

 
 

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