New findings support what dental professionals had long suspected; Infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body. Research shows an association between mouth bacteria (periodontal disease) and other chronic inflammatory conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

HEART DISEASE: mouth bacteria enter the blood stream, attaching to the fatty plaques in the heart blood vessels. This thickens the walls of the heart vessels, leading to a restriction of normal blood flow, thus reducing nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This may lead to heart attacks.

Next week we’ll look at the effect of this bacteria on Strokes.