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Cardiovascular disease, a term that encompasses heart attack and stroke, is the leading cause of death around the world, killing more than 17.3 million people annually. By 2030, that number could rise to 23.6 million, according to the American Heart Association.
For decades, research has suggested a link between oral health and inflammatory diseases affecting the entire body — in particular, heart attacks and strokes.
Inflammation throughout the body is accurately measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), a sensitive marker for future heart attacks and strokes.
Now the results of a randomized trial of a novel plaque identifying toothpaste, (Plaque HD), show statistically significant reductions in dental plaque and inflammation throughout the body, say researchers at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.