American Heart Month: The Link Between Oral Health and Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in most racial/ethnic groups, contributing to 659,000 deaths each year. One in every four deaths is attributed to heart disease. Moderate to severe periodontal disease is linked to higher risk for heart disease. The bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation and plaque accumulation in blood vessels.

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