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How Gum Disease and Heart Health are Linked

Heart disease is one of the largest causes of death around the world, and did you know that the health of your teeth is directly linked to the health of your heart? This is another reason why keeping your teeth and gums healthy is so important.

The primary connection between bad dental care and gum disease is inflammation. If you aren’t taking proper care of your teeth and not visiting the dentist regularly, then bacteria will start to build up and cause inflammation. The two major types of gum disease are periodontal disease and gingivitis. Swollen, red gums are the signs of gingivitis and bacterial infection of the area around your teeth is the cause of periodontal disease. Both are bad and need to be taken care of by a dentist.

Both of these types of gum disease are caused by plaque building up on your teeth, which will hold bacteria in place. This will always lead to major issues with your oral health. Of the two types of gum disease, periodontal disease is more dangerous since the bacteria can actually enter your bloodstream and this could lead to heart problems. If you have had a heart attack or heart issues in the past, then gum disease could greatly increase your risk of having further heart issues.


There are steps you can take to help prevent heart disease and keep your gums healthy.

Good oral hygiene routine

This is one of the most important actions you can take to prevent gum disease. Floss and brush regularly and you will be able to prevent many major teeth issues. You also need to visit the dentist at least twice per year. The dentist will be able to clean areas that you may miss when you brush and floss at home. If they see early signs of gingivitis, then they can take care of it and fix it before it becomes serious.

Healthy eating

Eating food that is healthy and will help keep your weight at a good amount is a really important way to reduce the risk of heart disease. There are many books, websites, and health coaches you can utilize to help you change your eating habit to increase the way you live and reduce the risk of health problems.

Stop smoking

Smoking greatly increases the risk of having a heart attack, and it increases your chances of having oral cancer, in addition to lung cancer. You should stop smoking immediately. This will benefit your health in many positive ways.

Pay attention

Try to be aware of what the signs of gum disease are, and don’t ignore pain. If you have any concerns you should talk to your dentist immediately. Some of the signs that are most obvious are bad breath or taste in your mouth, swollen gums, and sore teeth.


There are many other steps to take, but these are some of the most important. Keeping your mouth healthy is important for your entire mind and body. Oral pain can be debilitating, and East Center Dental wants to help keep you pain free and your smile healthy!