Heart & Periodontal Disease

Heart & Periodontal Disease, Indian Paint Brush Picture

Healthy hearts and healthy gums play vital roles in maintaining a healthy body. Because periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, periodontal disease can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. The heart is one of the most susceptible organs.

Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria enter the blood through inflamed gums and cause small blood clots that contribute to clogged arteries. Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease contributes to the buildup of fatty deposits inside heart arteries.

People with periodontal disease may become more at risk for heart disease and have nearly twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack.