It isn’t much of a stretch when you think about some of these triggers and why they could potentially affect your heart. However, it isn’t every day, or in most cases, ever, that we would think to ourselves that something that happens in regards to our oral health could impact our heart health. Unfortunately, that seems to be exactly the case.
Many of you who have had children, or if you're an expectant mother suffering from gum disease (also known as periodontal disease), your prenatal caregiver has probably already warned you that it can put your unborn child at risk. However, it isn’t only the baby that is at risk from that gum decay, for it can actually pose a threat to your cardiovascular health as well. A recent study concluded that people with periodontal disease are inherently at a 25 percent greater risk for having a heart attack than those who have healthy gums.
The connection is thought to be mouth bacteria, which can trigger chronic inflammation in the blood vessels. “If you have the disease in the vessels in one place in your body, you have them in other vessels as well,” Dr. Wood, author of Smart at Heart says.