Did you know, gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease
Only one in three people is aware of the link between gum disease and heart disease. In the same way that gums can be inflamed by the bacteria in plaque, the tissues in the heart can be irritated and damaged by the same bacteria if it is in the blood.
Even less well known by most people are the links between gum disease and the increased risk of stroke and diabetes, plus it has been linked to problems in pregnancy, pneumonia and greater risk of dementia.
Although all of that sounds scary, the great news is that the early stages of gum disease are preventable.