What is the connection between chronic tooth infections and heart disease?

Does it have something to do with an inflammatory response in the heart muscle, valves?
Dale, inflammation of the gums raises the C-reactive protein, thought to be the culprit in heart disease. Also oral bacteria have been found inthe plaques that block arteries. aso , brush well 2 times a day floss and or water pik daily wth 25 %listerine mouthwash and water.
There are several negative factors impacting human organism. One of them is Chronic Inflammation. We have never considered it as a separate entity, it always been there and we knew that body has all the resources designed to fight it. American Heart Association has done great job of identifying Chronic Inflammatory Disease as major factor leading to many known heath condition as Diabetes, Heart and Coronary problems, Cancer etc. The main source of infection in the Human body is the Oral chamber. Poor oral hygiene creates comforting environment for present microbes in the oral chamber which may leak into the bloodstream through the damaged gum tissue. Changes in Oral conditions are promoting changes in General health. The enzymes Human organism releases in response to chronic inflammation are leading to damage and failure in the system or specific organ.
Most diseases that we suffer from in our last three decades are according to the Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins are pediatric in origin meaning those chronic situations (Cholesterol, Inflammatory or low grade infections) left will lead to many diseases down the road. Seewww.cdc.com and read the Surgeon Generals report on links of oral health to full body health. Sincerely, Stace D. Lind, D.M.D., M.A.G.D., F.I.C.D.
The bacterial deposit can dislodge and travel along the blood stream then end up in the heart valve, causing dangerous endocarditis.
A study just published this November in the Journal of Periodontal Research made this conclusion: "Oral infection induces alterations in systemic cytokine (inflammatory chemicals) production. These cytokines could play roles in the development not only of periodontitis but also of atherosclerosis."
Well, I agree in that this is an excellent question. The first thing is that Chronic infection of any origin is impacting on all your organ systems because of two things. First, the chronic presence of an undesirable bacteria implies the numbers of that bacteria become highly elevated (their populations multiply extremely fast) and your body will launch a Response (which is damaging in and of itself) to the infection that will be as Chronic as the Infection itself. It's not long before we can be pretty sure that the bacteria are present in your vascular system and that means travelling through your heart's chambers and valves. So, again, it's a question of how long the infection, how many bacteria and where are they lodging or colonizing and has the immune response controlled the situation or not? If You want to eliminate the worry come in to your Dentist's office and fix it, ie-take care of the tooth or remove it, by all means do so, and replace it with healthy structure. If you do, It will benefit your mouth and your heart as well as your overall sense of 'fitness'.