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It's Easier to Remove Plaque From Your Teeth Than Your Arteries

It's interesting to see the similarities between cardiac and gum diseases: both are highly prevalent, both often progress without pain, both are insidious, slow to develop and caused by plaque. In gum disease, plaque forms on the surface of teeth, trapping the bacteria and causing inflammation of the gums. In the case of coronary artery disease, it blocks the flow of blood, thereby cutting off the blood supply to part of the heart. Both plaques are different in nature, but both harbour a common range of bacteria.