Study Shows Treating Periodontal Disease a Health Benefit

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:43am

BROWNSVILLE - A trip to the dentist may help patients prevent certain life threatening diseases. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that causes a bacteria that stimulates the production of proteins in the liver.

Studies show that treating periodontal disease can help prevent the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even cancer. Research reveals the disease shows a correlation to the increased levels of C Reactive Protein, also known as CRP. CRP causes inflammation throughout the body and raises the risk of other diseases and Dr. Rudy Valle says, "Coronary disease can be a direct cause from periodontal disease from gingivitis, from not cleaning your teeth, and getting all that calculus out of the mouth, there's a definite link."

A recent article even said the CRP can help predict heart problems more accurately than the conventional cholesterol test. It's suggested that you get your teeth cleaned every three to six months.

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