Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. Did you know that if you have gum disease (also called periodontal disease) you may also be at risk for heart disease?
The connection is bacteria!
An overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth can cause your gums to be swollen and bleed easily. When your gums are inflamed and bleeding, bacteria can travel from your gums into your bloodstream to other areas of your circulatory system—including your heart. These bacteria can contribute to heart disease.
Signs that you might have gum disease:
- Red, swollen gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Hard deposits on your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Pus between teeth and gums
How you can prevent gum disease:
- Visit your dentist or periodontist regularly for cleanings and exams.
- Brush and clean between your teeth daily. Use floss or another interdental cleaning product.
- Follow your doctor’s and dentist’s instructions about your health.
- Eat healthy, whole foods.
- Move your body! To stay motivated, do something you enjoy, either on your own or with family or friends.