A new study is helping to shed more light on the important connection between the mouth and heart. According to research recently published online by the American Heart Association, scientists have demonstrated that using an oral topical remedy to reduce inflammation associated with periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, also results in the prevention of vascular inflammation and can lower the risk of heart attack.
This study is the first time researchers anywhere have demonstrated the ability of an oral treatment for gum disease to also reduce inflammation in the artery wall.
This discovery further underscores the increasing body of evidence showcasing how problems in the mouth—and how they are treated—can have life-changing influences on other key systems in the body, such as the heart in this case.
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