Years of research have shown a link between oral health, particularly gum diseases, and general health.
Although it has not been confirmed, some studies suggest that severe gum disease may be a risk factor in developing heart disease. Similarly, people with heart disease may be more likely to develop gum problems.
More research is still needed to determine if heart disease and gum disease are really linked, but we do know that gum disease can make it more difficult to manage already-existing heart disease.
Heart disease can affect your oral health and dental care, so it is important to tell your dentist about any heart condition you have or any medications you may be taking.