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Several reasons for this link have been proposed, including the possibility of bacterial toxins from gum disease entering the bloodstream via microscopic cuts in the gums, which then may trigger systemic disease.

This may occur through bacteria from within pockets being pushed into the bloodstream by brushing too vigorously, and can lead to inflammation in other parts of the body. Whilst another theory argues that oral infections may trigger an inflammatory response by your immune system causing an adverse affect in other areas of the body.

Achieving healthy gums is hoped to result in reduced risks for these conditions