On the link between periodontitis and atherosclerosis

Chronic oral infection with the periodontal disease pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis, not only causes local inflammation of the gums leading to tooth loss but also is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis. A new study reveals how the pathogen evades the immune system to induce inflammation beyond the oral cavity.

Source: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/health_medicine/dentistry/~3/oxVc4yO4Ntg/140710141537.htm

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