Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke

Medical research has demonstrated that gum disease contributes to the onset of stroke, heart disease, and many other illnesses. This is a serious matter since heart disease is usually fatal, which means treating gum disease is critical to preserving your overall health. 

The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. Percentages this high should ensure gum disease would be handled as an epidemic. Because tooth loss is thought of as merely unpleasant, not immediately life-threatening, the severity of the disease has been ignored for far too long. However, things are changing. 

The American Academy of Periodontology has distributed information that states, “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” In short, the bacteria that destroys your teeth and gums when you have periodontal disease can move into your bloodstream and create problems in your heart, lungs, and other vital organs.

Park Dental of Colmar 
James H. Park, DMD
2200 N. Broad Street
Colmar, PA 18915
(215) 716-7228


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