Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention.
We are dedicated to educating our patients about the mouth/body connection. An increasing number of researchers are finding that there’s a link between common health conditions—like heart disease—and oral health. It’s becoming clear that the body can affect the health of your mouth and vice versa.
So, how is heart disease related to your mouth?
Several studies exist to explain the link between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease
- Oral bacteria can affect the heart via the blood stream and then attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation.
- Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal (gum) disease increases plaque buildup, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries.
More Heart Disease/Gum Disease Connections
- The number one cause of death is inflammation.
- The number one cause of inflammation is gum disease.
- Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.
- One study has shown that gum disease, cavities and missing teeth are as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels.