The facts: According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease later down the road. Their research was able to conclude that “the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, were as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels”.

If you neglect to properly take care of your teeth, plaque will begin to build up overtime. The most prevalent type of bacteria found in this plaque can then manage to make its way into your bloodstream. If this occurs, blood clots can form which cut off the blood supply necessary for your heart to function. This will result in a life threatening heart attack or stroke.

With that being said, gum disease is not the main cause of heart attack but it is a significant risk factor. The good news is that gum disease can be eliminated in its early stages with fast action. If something abnormal is happening in your mouth don’t be shy — head to the dentist right away.

Warning Signs of Gum Disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen gums

 

Heart attack is the number one cause of death in the United States, but maintaining a healthy mouth lowers the risk. This is why it’s important to brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day, in addition to attending regular oral cleanings.