Landmark Bale Doneen Study First to Reveal that Oral Bacteria Can Cause Heart Disease

Amy Doneen Heart Health News

Millions of Americans have a dental disorder that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, according to a new peer-reviewed study published in Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ).  The researchers discovered that bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontal (gum) disease (PD) can also be a contributing cause of cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of Americans.

The landmark study builds on earlier research, including a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, showing with level A evidence an independent association between PD–an oral infection affecting the majority of U.S. adults over age 30–and cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is also called heart disease.

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