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Periodontist Dr Hatice Hasturk of the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute said: “Periodontal disease increases the body’s burden of inflammation.

“Acute inflammation — which involves an outpouring of immune cells that attack irritants and microbial invaders — fosters healing over the short term.

“But long-term inflammation is a key contributor to many health problems, especially atherosclerosis.”

Atherosclerosis is the build-up of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on your artery walls.

This build-up is called plaque which can cause your arteries to narrow, blocking blood flow.

The plaque can also burst, leading to a blood clot.

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