Dental Health has been linked by several studies to effect human health in other areas of our bodies, not just teeth and our gums. It is not a secret anymore, that regular check ups at your favourite dentist can prevent or at least lower the risk of other, more dangerous illness, such as Heart disease.
New study by Finnish scientists were able to find a link between dental root tip infection, known as apical periodontitis, and greater risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) - an umbrella term for conditions that involve blocked blood flow to the coronary arteries.
Apical periodontitis is a condition characterized by inflammatory lesions of the pulp in the center of the tooth, most commonly triggered by infection. Dental caries, or tooth decay, are the most common cause of apical periodontitis.
While the condition can cause pain, this may not present until later on in the infection, meaning some people who have apical periodontitis are unaware they have it; most cases are uncovered unexpectedly through X-rays.
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Dr. Zemskova and Staff