Left untreated, gum disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but can increase your risk for other diseases linked to inflammation, including cardiovascular (heart) disease.
Evidence shows that mouth bacteria between the gum and tooth can enter the bloodstream, potentially attaching to blood vessels. This can increase the risk for heart disease, artery blockage and stroke. Other studies suggest that chronic inflammation can lead to dysfunction of the infected tissues and severe health complications. Regardless, whether you have gum disease or heart disease, researchers today believe that having one may increase your risk for developing the other.
Prevention Connection: What can you do?
Prevention is key to maintaining good oral health and avoiding the risk of gum disease and other possible systemic conditions. The following tips are suggested for regular preventive care: