It has been known for a while that there is a link between heart disease and gum disease.
The Professor Peter Weissberg from British Heart Foundation has given the following statement: “It has long been known that people with abnormal heart valves can become seriously ill if they have poor dental hygiene. Several recent studies have hinted that poor oral health may also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.”
Recent studies have shown that the chemicals produced by the body’s immune system to fight gum diseases can enter into the bloodstream, which then trigger the release of substances that cause the build-up of fatty deposits and clots in the arteries. This can lead to potential coronary problems.
See also: How to care for your teeth and gum.