Got Gum Trouble? Your Heart Might Be Next

man in dentist office holding plastic teeth( There’s mounting evidence that brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups
may be at the heart of good cardiovascular health.

“People who have chronic infections — and gum disease is one of the major
chronic infections — are at increased risk later in life for atherosclerosis
[hardening of the arteries] and coronary heart disease,” said American Heart
Association spokesman Dr. Richard Stein, who is also director of preventive
cardiology at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City.

Stein said he regularly counsels patients worried about their risk for heart
attack or stroke to incorporate good periodontal care in their preventive
strategies, just as they would include exercise, healthy diets and appropriate