Cardiovascular disease (heart disease) and gum disease
There are many studies, which suggest that oral health and gum disease in particular may be related to serious conditions like heart disease. Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
Studies have shown that oral health can provide warning signs for other diseases or conditions, including heart disease. Oral health holds clues to overall health. Many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as smoking, poor diet and diabetes.