Claiming around 610,000 lives each year, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. Did you know that research has found a link between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?
Treating gum disease can go a long way in lessening the impact of coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a 2014 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.1 Patients who were treated for gum disease have lower medical costs and fewer hospitalizations for CAD.
Despite the link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s not clear whether one actually causes the other, according to the American Heart Association.
But even in non-smoking populations, researchers have found a strong correlation between the oral condition and heart disease. One hypothesis is that bacteria from the oral cavity spread throughout the body, worsening other inflammatory conditions, like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes.
Regular healthy habits can lower your risk of both gum disease and heart disease. And if you already have one or both of these conditions, these strategies can help reduce their impact.
Last updated: June 2016