Gum Disease/Heart Diease=No Link

  • Koaa2

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    Jun 10, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    Interesting article on the misperception that Gum Disease causes Heart Disease.,0,7957433.story
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    Jun 10, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    Rosie Mestel, L.A. TimesCurrent data don't indicate whether regular brushing and flossing or treatment of gum disease can cut the incidence of atherosclerosis, the narrowing of the arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes.”

    Oh Rosie, oh Rosie... Half-assed knowledge is what produces an article like that.

    This is nothing new. At least not here in Europe. The risk though is not in the incidence of atherosclerosis, but endocarditis. Gum disease does cause a relevant bacteriemia (a morbid level of bacteria in your blood ). And that will sooner or later cause your heart valves to be infected. And that's far worse than atherosclerosis.