Dental Xtra and Coronary Artery Disease1 & Stroke2

Those with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (CAD) as those without and increases risk of stroke. While the exact relationship between gum disease and heart disease still is being defined, research suggests that bacteria and inflammation contribute to the plaque build-up and hardening of the arteries associated with heart attack, clots, and strokes. Here’s how:


Plaque bacteria from the mouth is known to enter the bloodstream and attach to fatty proteins that stick to arterial walls creating plaque build-up that can cause blockages.


Inflammation or swelling is the body’s natural response to infection. When bacteria travel through the bloodstream, it is believed that the body’s blood cells swell in response, which can cause a narrowing of the arteries.

Dental Xtra benefits will help you manage your dental health and the role it plays in your cardiovascular disease.

Why is it important to see my dentist if I have CAD?

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Gum disease is believed to worsen cardiac problems. Treating gum disease can potentially reduce your level of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), which is a protein that is found in the blood and is related to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

  1. American Academy of Periodontology. (n.d.). Gum Disease and Heart Disease. Retrieved from
  2. American Dental Association. (2015, October 21). Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular disease. Retrieved from