People with periodontitis are at higher risk of experiencing major cardiovascular events, according to new research.
In a longitudinal study published recently in the Journal of Periodontology, researchers showed that inflammation associated with active gum disease was predictive of arterial inflammation, which can cause heart attacks, strokes, and other dangerous manifestations of cardiovascular disease.
Importantly, researchers found that bone loss from prior periodontal disease was not associated with cardiovascular events. Patients that did not have actively inflamed gums had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease — even if those individuals had a prior history of periodontal disease.
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