Gum Disease and Heart Disease — What You Should Know


Paying attention to your dental hygiene and health — especially your gums — may pay you back with more than a gleaming, healthy smile and manageable dental bills. It may keep your heart health and oral health] with the exception of two areas,” Low says. These are:

  • Bacteria found in both health problems are similar. “The bacteria we find in gum disease we also find in blood vessels that are going through heart disease risk and ensuring good periodontal care for patients with heart disease and gum disease.
  • Patients with heart disease who also have signs or symptoms of gum disease (but have not yet been diagnosed with it) or a high CRP level should get a periodontal evaluation.