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Believe it or not, there’s a link between gum disease and heart disease. When left untreated, “gum disease leads to an inflammatory state in the entire body, thus increasing your chance of heart disease exponentially,” says cardiologist Dr. Evelina Grayver, the director of the Coronary Care Unit at Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital. Constant inflammation can lead to a endothelial dysfunction — a state in which blood vessels are expanding and contracting abnormally — which is the first phase of premature coronary artery disease. Grayver says gum disease “can also increase risk of endocarditis — infections within your cardiac valves.”

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