A study from Forsyth and Boston Universities has uncovered a direct link between healthy gums and a healthy heart. Periodontal disease, gingivitis causes inflammation in the gums, but is also linked to inflammation in artery walls. This vascular inflammation causes strain on the heart which can lead to an increased risk of potentially deadly heart disease.
While many people address concerns of smoking, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes in regards to protecting their heart from heart disease, it is also time to start paying more attention to oral health. The study tested an oral treatment to reduce the inflammation caused by gingivitis which was not only effective on the inflammation of the gums but also with vascular inflammation. Taking the time to care for oral health could be the difference between a healthy heart and heart disease.