There is a relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease. There is not enough evidence to clearly demonstrate a cause and effect relationship, but there is some evidence leaning in that direction.
Periodontitis causes the liver to secrete a protein called C-reactive protein. This protein causes the body to fight the periodontal infection by producing inflammation (swelling). The C-reactive protein doesn’t just go to the gums, it goes everywhere including the coronary (heart) arteries. The C-reactive protein becomes lodged in the walls of the arteries, causing the walls to be rough and inflamed. Other proteins collect on the roughened walls and the arteries get narrower. This is coronary artery disease.
What’s interesting is that when periodontitis is treated, there is less C-reactive protein circulating around the body and less in the coronary arteries.
The other piece of compelling evidence is this: the specific bacteria associated with periodontal disease has been found in the heart. There’s only one place that bacteria could have come from, and that’s the periodontal pocket.
There is also relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes and periodontal disease and hormonal fluctuation in women. If you want to find out more about this, you can come to our office and ask for a brochure.