Is there a connection between your heart health and your dental health? Yes, there is: Gum disease may raise the risk for heart disease and stroke. Many people disregard the seriousness of dental health, but in reality the state of your dental hygiene affects the state of your heart health.
The problem is likely that the bacteria that lurk in your gums, causing an infection. What you see is bleeding and swelling in your gums. But what you do not see is the infection setting off a chain of events in the body that could damage the heart and blood vessels. Gum disease also may make it harder for people with diabetes to keep their blood sugar under control. In addition, gum disease may raise the risk for respiratory infections.