Periodontist Dr Hatice Hasturk of the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute said: “Periodontal disease increases the body’s burden of inflammation.
“Acute inflammation — which involves an outpouring of immune cells that attack irritants and microbial invaders — fosters healing over the short term.
“But long-term inflammation is a key contributor to many health problems, especially atherosclerosis.”
Atherosclerosis is the build-up of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on your artery walls.
This build-up is called plaque which can cause your arteries to narrow, blocking blood flow.
The plaque can also burst, leading to a blood clot.