Heart Disease and Oral Health
For years, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking have been known to be risk factors for heart attack. Yet, nearly a third of people suffering heart attacks do not have any of these risk factors. New research now suggests that periodontal disease may be a factor in the development of heart attacks.
Studies have shown that the risk of heart disease is twice as high in people suffering with periodontal disease. A recent study at the University of North Carolina revealed that 85 percent of heart attack victims had periodontal disease, while only 29 percent of the healthy people in the study suffered from periodontal disease. . What would explain a potential link between periodontal disease and heart attacks?