What is the link to periodontal disease and heart disease?
Many studies have found that there is a strong link between periodontal disease and heart disease. While the exact connection isn't known, the American Academy of Periodontology states that coronary artery disease (heart disease) is twice as likely in those with periodontal disease as in the general population. In fact, the likelihood that a patient will develop heart disease is just as predictable by common oral health problems as by cholesterol levels.
According to researchers, one of the reasons for the link is likely to be the introduction of bacteria that normally reside in your mouth that can enter your bloodstream through the gums when you have periodontal disease. Inflammation throughout the body may also play a role. Whatever the cause, it's clear that caring properly for your teeth and gums affects much more than just the appearance of your teeth.