Perio Health

Studies have shown links between periodontal (gum) disease, heart disease and other health conditions.  Research further suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender and ages.  Researchers conclusions suggest that bacteria present in infected gums can become loose and move throughout the body through the bloodstream.  Once bacteria reach the arteries, they can irritate them in the same way that they irritate gum tissue causing arterial plaque, which can cause hardening and effect blood-flow.