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Periodontal diseases are a worldwide public health issue. Undiagnosed, untreated, or inappropriately treated, periodontitis can have devastating effects on oral health, quality of life and overall health. The destructive effects and systemic impacts of periodontitis are the result of inflammation.
Poor oral hygiene can cause a short-term presence of bacteria in blood as well as systemic inflammation, two mediators of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. In a 2020 population-based cohort study, the association of oral hygiene care with the previously noted heart conditions was investigated.
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