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Can Gum Disease Lead To Heart Disease?

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Our oral health is often a very good indicator of our overall health. Gum disease, in particular, has been associated with a number of health problems, including diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Gum disease can range from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to a more severe form that results in the deterioration of the bone. Gum disease occurs when we do not brush or floss our teeth and therefore fail to remove plaque; the plaque then turns into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. This is why it is important to schedule regular dental visits.

Can Gum Disease Cause Heart Disease

Many researchers have studied the link between heart or artery problems and gum disease. To understand more about the relation between your oral health and overall health, keep reading:

Can Gum Disease Lead to Heart Disease?

It is widely believed that gum disease can lead to or cause heart disease. In fact, this belief can be traced back to a century ago. Indeed, research has shown that those with gum disease are almost twice as likely to also have coronary heart disease than people who do not suffer from gum disease. Poor oral health is a strong indicator of poor overall health, and while gum disease does not directly cause heart disease, there is a strong connection between how you take care of your body and how you take care of your teeth and gums.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Those who prioritize strong oral health often experience positive overall health. Often, the link between gum disease and heart disease is related to lifestyle factors, however poor dental care can lead to chewing and digestion problems, respiratory diseases, diabetic complications and more. Those who don’t care for their dental health, by neglecting at-home practices or dentist visits, often neglect other areas of their health.

Undergoing regular check-ups and necessary procedures, as well as brushing and flossing, in combination with a healthy lifestyle, will ensure your teeth, gums and body stay in top shape.

Gum Disease Risks

Although gum disease may not directly cause heart disease, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. If you do not treat gum disease, receding gums, bone deterioration and eventual tooth loss will result.

Signs of gum disease include perpetual bad breath, swollen gums, gums that bleed and sensitive teeth. If you suspect you may have gum disease, consider Centenary Dental. We are a caring, family dentist that prioritizes your needs and comfort. As soon as you walk in the door, you will feel that you are in good hands. Contact us today to learn more.


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Dr. Tali Waksman
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Tali Waksman went on to work as the only dentist on a Native reserve, serving 2000 people after completing a residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. With a warm and friendly personality and close attention to detail, she treats every patient like family.