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Medically Reviewed by Lisa A. Turner, DDS, MSD

You know it’s important to keep your teeth healthy, and that brushing and flossing is a great way to do that. After all, you’ve been hearing about it since you got your first tooth! But are you aware that your heart health could be affected by your gum health? 

According to Harvard Health Publishing, people with periodontal disease–or gum disease–are at two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or similar heart problem. The correlation is there, but Harvard Health Publishing also suggests that it’s not a given. However, the suspicion that gum disease is a factor in heart disease is continually on the rise. The American Academy of Periodontology also points to additional studies in regards to periodontal disease being a factor in people who have strokes.

While there is no exact proof that gum disease affects cardiovascular disease, the connection is tight enough that dentists use this as another reason to take care in maintaining your teeth’s health.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

Many times, people are unaware that they even have gum disease. Learning the symptoms of gum disease will help you recognize it and then be able to get the necessary assistance. Symptoms include:

  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pus around teeth and gums

Whether or not there is a direct correlation between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still vastly important to take care of your teeth and gums. Brushing at least twice a day with daily flossing will help them be stronger, and who knows? It may just protect you from some form of heart issue. 

If you’re showing signs of gum disease at any stage, contact Venice Periodontics and Implant Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We hope to see you soon! Call us at 941-497-5591 or contact us online.