A new study with mice shows more evidence linking heart disease and gum disease. Kesavalu Lakshmyya, of the University of Florida’s Department of Periodontology, says the mice were infected with four different types of human periodontal bacteria for 24 weeks. The bacteria from the gums entered into the circulation and then different organs. Previously, in 2012, the American Heart Association agreed that there is support linking periodontal disease and heart disease but they did not agree that there is a causal association, says Lakshmyya. This most recent study with the mice did prove a casual association of periodontal bacteria and arteriosclerosis.
For more information on this study, click here. Kesavalu Lakshmyya spoke with Dentist News Network, providing online, dental video news. Dentist News Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.