In recent years, studies have shown that people who have inadequate oral health (such as gum disease or tooth loss) have higher rates of cardiovascular issues such as heart attack or stroke than people with good oral health.
Why are Oral Health and Heart Disease connected?
One theory believes that these things are connected because of the spread of bacteria and other germs from your mouth to other parts of your body via the bloodstream. When these bacteria reach your heart, they can append themselves to any impaired area and could cause inflammation. This can result in illnesses such as endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart.
Some studies also concluded that the body’s immune response - inflammation - is the connection between oral health and heart disease. While others say that there is no direct connection between dental health and cardiovascular diseases; the reason they may occur together is that there is a 3rd factor (such as smoking) that's a risk factor for both conditions.
Whether there is a direct or indirect link between your oral well-being and heart issues, one should not take for granted the health of your teeth and gums. Avoid substances that would compromise the fitness of your mouth by regularly visiting your dentist and taking care of your teeth at home.