Oral Health: How it’s Linked to Heart Problems

Oral Health: How it’s Linked to Heart Problems  How heart and oral hygiene are connected Symptoms of gum disease How to prevent gum disease

There is a ton of evidence suggesting that people with moderate or severe gum disease (gingivitis) are at a greater risk of heart infections and disorders, especially if they have a history of similar complications. Let’s take a closer look at the factors that can affect your overall well-being. Along with some of the best ways to care for your oral health and your wonderful smile.

How heart and oral hygiene are connected

Studies suggest a healthy mouth could be directly related to a healthy heart. And it all starts with the gums. As the bacteria present in your mouth starts interacting with starch and sugar in your food, it begins to form plaque on the surface of your teeth and around the gum line. Even with mild gum disease, bacteria can enter the bloodstream causing inflammation in different parts of your body, especially the inner lining of the heart and arteries. Healthy gums can reduce the chances of dangerous clotting and even lower the risk of heart attacks. Even though kids are at a much lower risk, the sooner your family can be put on an effective dental care routine, the better it will be for everyone in the long run.

Symptoms of gum disease

Gum disease affects nearly half the adult population in the Unites States. Since it can often be painless, here are a few warning signs to watch for:

  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Gum bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating food
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Brown deposits along the gum line
  • Loose teeth or teeth moving apart
  • Receding gums

How to prevent gum disease

The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day for two whole minutes. Using Crest Gum and Pro-Health pastes can be extremely beneficial — they’ve been clinically proven to neutralize plaque bacteria and prevent (and even reverse) gingivitis. Flossing regularly and getting professional cleanings every six months is really helpful as well. Both for your heart and your smile.


  1. https://theheartfoundation.org/2017/05/26/gum-disease-and-the-heart/
  2. https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/gum-disease-and-the-connection-to-heart-disease

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