Definition

Heart disease, also referred to as cardiovascular disease, occurs when blood vessels either narrow or become completely blocked, a condition that can lead to a heart attack, stroke or chest pain.

Understanding

Experts in periodontology and cardiology reviewed more than 120 published medical studies, position papers and other data on the potential association between the heart and dental health. Results reported the following: gum disease can be associated with coronary artery disease; and stroke.*

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