Heart Disease & the Link to Your Oral Health
Did you know that periodontal disease could be a cause for heart problems? C-reactive protein, or CRP, is a protein that is present in high levels when inflammation is occurring somewhere in the body. Its presence is especially important in indicating heart disease. Recently researchers have discovered that periodontitis, an inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, causes an increase in CRP. In a person who experiences recurrent gum inflammation, their CRP levels are regularly elevated, thus leading to an elevated risk for heart disease in these patients.
Want to read more? Check out this article from the National Institutes of Health!