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Inflammation and Heart Health

February 22, 2012

For some patients, it might come as a surprise that heart health and oral health are connected. But as we mentioned in our last post, your oral and overall health are deeply connected. And with February being so well known for Valentine’s Day, we thought now would be a good time to reiterate that connection.

Gum disease starts with bacteria and plaque building up around the teeth and gums, causing your soft tissue to become irritate and inflamed. As this inflammation and irritation continue, pockets can develop in the gum tissue. These pockets give bacteria and plaque access to the heart via the bloodstream.

Once in the heart, further irritation will cause protective plaque to build up around the arterial walls, eventually blocking the flow of blood. It’s this lack of blood flow that could someday trigger a heart attack. All of which is why regular visits to Dr. Giamberardino’s Medford dental office are essential.

Would You Like To Learn More About The Oral Health-Heart Health Connect?

To learn more about the connection between the heart and your smile, schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Giamberardino at our Medford dental office. We’re committed to helping patients from Medford, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, and Everett lead healthy lives and have healthy smiles.

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