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The Causative Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease
Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
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Recent research on human health has revealed that the bacteria responsible for causing periodontal disease lead to the development of heart disease. With large amounts of bacterial species in the mouth, it is difficult to identify which specific strains reach the cardiac system and cause heart disease. A literature review will be done to see more specifically not only what bacteria cause heart disease, but also how the bacteria from the mouth actually invade the bloodstream and cause the inflammation in the heart’s blood vessels. Investigating how these bacteria cause this disease will allow researchers to develop methods to prevent this pathogenic behavior.